Since solar technology was first introduced, it has evolved significantly. In the past, PV was thought to be what the future held but newer technologies are now what is pushing the growth of this industry. Solar PV is also finding its own new developments that are also contributing to the success of the industry as a whole.
Advances In The Storage Of The Energy Captured
One of the biggest issues that consumers and businesses alike have faced with this technology is how to store the energy that you capture. The ability to hold on to the energy is one of the major issues in the emerging technologies. At the moment, it is still necessary to use the energy you have or face the reality of losing it.
Because you can only get the energy provided by the sun during the daytime, there is a significant need to be able to maintain the energy that you capture. With the way systems are today, it is very limited in the amount of energy you can maintain and the length of time that it can be kept. This ends up resulting in systems that can only provide power for a portion of society’s needs.
Batteries, of course, can store energy but they are still considered to be fairly inefficient. The best ones are expensive and overall, they have a fairly short life span. This means that for major utility companies as well as for ordinary consumers, it is not the best choice. Currently, scientists are exploring new solar technology that will be able to provide electricity anytime someone needs it.
Solar Panels With Batteries Built In
The US government has been working together with universities and testing a new solar panel that has the battery built into it. Some reports suggest that it can be as much as 20% more efficient and considerably cheaper. In fact, one of the big reasons that it tends to be more efficient and cheaper is the very fact that it is built into the panel itself. Going from the solar panel to an external battery is sometimes inefficient.
Advances In The Manufacturing Of Solar Cells
One of the most likely factors that will determine if this type of technology will replace other types of fuel is whether or not it can be made to be efficient and cost-effective. One of the things that have driven up the cost is the inefficiency in manufacturing. Currently, most solar cells are made of silicon. In the future, it is expected that the same solar panels will be made of a thin film along with a light coating of cadmium telluride.
Once that technology is available then the cost of solar panels will plummet. The biggest problem they’re having with making that change is the fact that the newer technology is currently unstable. Even so, researchers are finding promising ways to stabilize the material. Once they do then they’ll have a highly efficient and low-cost solar panel. As technology improves and its efficiency improves with it, this is sure to be one of the major sources of modern energy.