Shading is one of the most challenging issues that every solar energy user faces. Even after calculating the best angle and installing the panels on the sunniest place, you may fail to get most out of your solar systems because of shadowing. Sure, you can trim the trees, and clean bird droppings from the panels, but what are you planning to do with a cloudy sky? That is something you cannot change! However, there is now a way to go around that problem to generate solar energy even in the shades. How? Let us take a peek at the new solar technology, which promises to solve one of the biggest problems in solar system usage.
How Shading Affects Solar Energy Generation?
Solar panels are designed to absorb the sun’s rays and transform it to usable green energy. Shading can kill the power output of traditional panels by cutting off their power source. Even small shadows on a panel of a string can reduce the performance of the whole string. Why? Because each solar cell is connected to another and losing light can block the flow of energy through them, thus considerably reducing the energy generation. So, naturally your return on investment is cut in half by such problems. Can the new technology mitigate this problem? Let us see.
What Is This New Technology?
Without focusing on improving the energy generation of a shadowed panel, this technology works towards improving each cell’s capacity to absorb energy. Experiments on solar panels equipped with high performance PV cells show promising results on energy generation in partially shaded environment. This technology is designed by a team of MIT students who are working on it under the banner of the Stanford University and California Institute of Technology. The MIT team explained that they have leveraged intrinsic parasitic component to remove external energy storage components from the equation. They have created a chip that has all the necessary features or tools to handle energy balance even in the shadowed environment. And the best part of this technology is its fairly affordable manufacturing process.
This technology has already won the MIT Clean Energy Prize in 2014. And we can safely bet on them for introducing the fully-functional shade-invulnerable solar panels for advancing the green energy race to the next level.