Solar Panels are Using Sunlight — But Can it Absorb Artificial Light?
These days, with the efficiency of solar panels, you can’t help but get curious: can it work inside a property and absorb artificial light? And would it be ideal to use it that way?
Solar panels: still winning at efficiency
This year, researchers in Saudi Arabia have developed thin, organic solar films for skyscrapers’ sun-facing surfaces.
These organic solar films made of carbon can potentially lower buildings’ high energy consumption level. Nonetheless, their primary issue is efficiency—in which solar panels still win.
While it’s good to utilize organic solar energy technology, efficiency should still be a priority. And when it comes to efficiency, you can always rely on solar panels.
Nonetheless, despite this efficiency, would it be ideal to use panels to absorb artificial light?
They are not named “solar” for no reason
Solar panels and films can indeed absorb artificial light, given its similar qualities to the sun’s spectrum. However, because artificial light is not as powerful as sunlight, they can only power calculators and watches.
Today, there have been developments in panels and their ability to absorb light from different sources. Does that mean it’s okay for you to recycle artificial light and supply it to your panels? Well, you might want to think twice with that.
Picture this. You use energy for your artificial light just to supply it to the panels — why not use the energy on other utilities instead?
Sure, you’ll have more light, but that defeats the purposes of the panels — which is to absorb light and then provide a high-quality power output. Remember: artificial light absorbed by panels can only power small devices like calculators. Would you let your panels convert the same energy into electricity for your appliances?
How panels can absorb sunlight better
In recent years, developers have toiled to improve the absorption capacity of solar cells. What makes solar panels absorb sunlight better? Here are some ideas.
Rose butterflies’ black wings design
According to a published 2017 study in the Science Advances, the black wings of the rose butterfly had the perfect design for solar power absorption.
Compared to the average solar cell pattern, their wings’ pattern was more efficient. It even absorbed more light at any given angle. So, if you’re just eyeing solar panels, make sure to inquire about the solar cells’ design.
Right tuning of the spectrum of absorption
So far, there is no perfect all-absorbing solar cell material; however, MIT scientists came close to developing it. They developed a two-dimensional material made of “metallic-dielectric photonic crystal”. It ultimately absorbs sunlight from a vast array of angles and despite any given temperature.
Also, here’s something cool: even though it sounds pricey, the material can be manufactured at a low cost. With your solar cells being made of this material, your PV system’s absorption performance can go from unknown indie artist to rockstar.
Don’t wait any longer.
Solar panels and their absorption are awesome, aren’t they? If you couldn’t agree more, then stop meandering. Take action and start going green.
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