Solar panel technologies are changing what we think about energy production and solar panels. Before, almost anyone would tell you that solar panels on the rooftop are the exclusive way to harness natural energy.
Now, a rapid revolution in solar technology is here to change all that. Introducing solar panel technology that is more advanced than the typical panel and doesn’t need so much roof space. These revolutionary solar panels are also a step ahead in terms of performance and provide the much needed visual appeal. These are to mention but a few.
Many of them are already in the market, but quite a number are still in the pipeline. Either way, a large portion of the world has responded positively to them. Within a year or two, hopefully, the whole world will hear of and be using these solar technologies.
Here are some of these technologies that you should know about:
1. Solar Skins
These are the perfect example of aesthetics at its best. Solar skins are aesthetic overlays that change the appearance of any solar panel. They use selective light filtration to display an image and transmit sunlight to the panel with minimal loss of efficiency.
The most significant feature of these technologies is they’re customizable, which makes them ideal for use on your rooftops no matter what they look like.
2. Photovoltaic Solar Noise Barriers (PVNB)
First used in Switzerland in 1989, PVNBs are now used by transportation agencies in several countries to decrease noise and provide clean power at the same time. They are physical obstructions that are crafted to reduce levels of noise between noise sources and receptors such as residential areas and medical centers.
Photovoltaic systems, with the help of solar cells, change light energy directly into electricity. The US is one of the few countries that use these barriers due to highway traffic noise.
3. Floating Solar Farms
Also known as floatovoltaics, they are photovoltaic systems made for floating on water bodies such as dams and reservoirs. They are cheaper to install, and apart from providing renewable energy, they aid in water management as well.
The water under the panels helps keep them in perfect working condition.
4. BIPV Solar Technology
Building-integrated photovoltaics, or BIPV, consist of modules or solar cells that are integrated into building material as part of the building structure. Aside from generating clean energy, BIPV solar cells provide additional functionality to the building as well.
Apart from roof integration, BIPVs can also be installed in the railings, façade, or skylights of the building. Their versatility inspires architects to be creative.
5. Solar Fabric
Ordinarily, solar panels are made of photovoltaic cells. Solar cell fabrics, however, are made of functional solar cell components that are wearable as well as flexible.
You can fix them on your shirt, skirt, or any other clothing you have on, and just like that, you keep your phone charged all day long and have energy on the go for any requirement you may have!