The Future of Solar Innovation
Updated: Aug 19, 2020
As we saw last week, solar energy is already being used in many of our every day products whether it is through a solar power system or solar thermal system. We have seen solar energy being used on rooftops, microwaves, and calculators, but what about the every day objects of the future? How will solar energy be used for future technological advancements?
Well, according to Jagpreet Sandhu of SolarReviews, the future of solar energy is being tested and currently in the works to create innovations beyond our comprehension. The first of these innovations is a floating solar farm. Floating solar farms are solar energy systems placed on water repositories that can generate 10% more power than solar panels on land. This is because of the “cooling effect” the water beneath the surface provides. These floating solar farms prevent water loss caused by evaporation and protect from algae production. They are also self-maintained thanks to the clean water below.
Another amazing innovation in the works are solar skins. Solar skins are solar panels that reflect the image of the surface beneath them. This is done with “solar thin-film” and manipulation of light filtration. Customized images are developed on the solar panels that can replicate roof shingles, business ads, and lawns as if the solar panels were not there.
Solar fabric is also an idea in the making, where clothes and fabrics are manufactured to power technology and provide warmth when generating solar energy (Sandhu, 2020). As stated by Luke Richardson of EnergySage, solar powered plastic materials are stitched into the textile fabric, like curtains and car seats, to enhance the energy consumed.
Some other innovations yet to be seen are solar powered roads and water filters. Both would use the energy from the sun to source and power their technology. For example, solar powered roads would generate light for drivers at night and warm the streets during the winter months. Water filtration systems would be able to purify filthy water when securing visible light for a couple of minutes in the solar system (Richardson, 2019).
All in all, as time progresses, the future of solar energy will continue to thrive into our economy and market. Therefore, it is important that we as consumers recognize the value in using renewable energy, and switch from harmful sources of power to those provided freely in the environment.
Richardson, Luke. (2019, April 1). Solar panel technology: learn about the latest advances in solar energy. EnergySage. Retrieved from https://news.energysage.com/solar-panel-technology-advances-solar-energy/.
Sanhu, Jagpreet. (2020, May 8). Which new solar panel technologies will revolutionize energy production? SolarReviews. Retrieved from https://www.solarreviews.com/blog/solar-panel-technologies-that-will-revolutionize-energy-production.