An advanced solar-panel coating made of nanotechnology is a breakthrough in coatings technology.
It’s the first to have a direct effect on solar-power performance and safety, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.
This week’s episode of Ars Technic examines the research behind the coating.
In Part 1, we looked at the design of the coating, which is designed to reduce the UV radiation emitted by sunlight and to help the solar-system to withstand the pressure of high temperatures.
In this episode, we look at the research on its effects on the coating’s properties, and how it compares to other solar-based coatings.
Part 2 covers the coatings’ potential to make the panels more efficient.
If the coating can do that, then solar-powered systems will become much more efficient, according a paper in Nature Communications.
The paper is by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, including an associate professor of electrical engineering.
We’ll be taking a closer look at some of the technology behind the technology.
Part 3 covers the research’s practical applications.
It includes the research team’s ability to design the coating from scratch.
The team’s work suggests that solar-energy panels could be made with materials that would not only perform better, but also have lower cost, compared to existing coatings on existing systems.
This work was funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Part 4 discusses the research and the future of solar- and wind-based power.
We also look at how solar-generated energy might change the way we use fossil fuels.