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Renewable energy capacity will have increased by 43% by 2022, according to the International Energy Agency. Solar tech utilization has been rising at a rapid rate in recent years due to continuous renewable energy initiatives. Therefore, solar prices have been steadily declining. New inventions, on the other hand, are becoming increasingly common.

Photovoltaic floating solar tech

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Floating solar tech on a lake (photovs, 2021)

Japan was the first to introduce the concept of floating solar panels in 2007. Water bodies, such as lakes, have the largest surface areas, making them ideal for solar energy production. This is an amazing idea since it can create a lot of energy without taking up any land space.

Photovoltaic solar tech requires an air-cooling system to minimize overheating. The new floating solar panels, on the other hand, are more efficient, with a 10% increase in energy output due to the use of water cooling. The water helps to keep the solar panels clean, and the shade formed by the panel’s aid to decrease algae growth in the water. Therefore, floating solar are less costly to maintain.

Thin-film solar tech

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Figure 2: Thin-Film solar technology (Pickerel, K,2021)

Certain solar tech studies have shown that solar panels with at least four layers are the most effective. Those solar panels can collect up to 46% of the energy. This, however, can be rather costly.

“Thin-Film solar technology” was developed as a solution to this matter. Because of their thinness and lightness, they are also known as ‘Solar fabric.’ The flexibility of the solar panel, however, is the key benefit. These can easily apply on curved surfaces. For example, you can use these on tents and window shades. Although it can only catch 13 percent of the sun’s energy currently, it is more effective in low light.

For most users, photovoltaic solar panels outperform thin-film solar panels. Even the raw material supply for photovoltaic solar is much more consistent. However, thin-film solar is the greatest option for flexibility, whereas photovoltaic solar require more structural support than thin-film.

Using photovoltaic solar tech in building constructions

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Figure 3 Solar tech integrated building (Movemodern, n.d.)

Many structures include areas where you can simply install photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. Many building owners already use customized building-integrated solar panels, with photovoltaic solar being the most popular.

While generating electricity, photovoltaic panels let daylight into buildings. It’s a fantastic idea to use this technology in a creative way combined with architecture. Furthermore, its advantages include cheap maintenance costs, limitless energy, and a good impact on zero-carbon.

Solar-powered LED-lights

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Figure 4 Street light powered by solar (Lazartivan, 2020)

LED solar lighting has the advantage of being able to operate independently of the grid. These lighting systems have the advantage of eliminating the costly standard trench and cable installations. Furthermore, the more recent LED solar-powered lights have better battery and circuitry.

Accessible electricity is always configured as a backup for several days in LED- solar. Furthermore, its energy is adaptable to any environment and climate. However, the safety of the public is its priority.

Noise Barriers Made of Photovoltaic solar

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Figure 5: solar US Noise barriers (kohlhauer, 2013)

Photovoltaic solar noise barriers help mitigate noise pollution by redirecting sound waves back to their source. These devices also help to reduce air pollution by limiting the spread of toxic gases. These give a lot of room for solar energy production. They have a better energy efficiency as per the double-sided panel.

The barriers might generate roughly 400 Gigawatts of power every year, according to estimates. Because it employs double-sided solar cells, the orientation of the panels is unimportant. However, it is important that these panels align in a way that can make optimal use of sunlight.

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Why more focus on the storage of solar energy?

You cannot overstate the importance of energy storage as the solar industry expands. The global need for energy is continually rising as a result of the increasing population and technological improvements.  Solar panels only produce energy while the sun is shining. Because is saves the excess energy and used during low-production hours, the storage helps a lot. Installing solar panels and batteries for energy storage is rapidly making environmental and financial sense for solar installers.

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