Solar energy technology is revolutionizing the way we harness and distribute energy across the globe. Some of today’s brightest minds are figuring out how you can use the sun’s rays for businesses and home use to further preserve the environment. Whether you are a consumer or a business owner, there are ways you can use this energy to preserve and benefit the environment around us. Below, we’ll show you some of the ways solar power is changing the energy industry and how you can use it to help the planet and yourself.
The solar energy market is working on new ways to bring energy to homes and office buildings in ways that are green and sustainable. Solar windows are one of the ways the industry is expanding, and they could replace traditional windows soon. One of the major issues preventing the growth of solar energy collection is the amount of expose space available to put up solar panels. Solar windows would eliminate this problem by gathering energy from the very sunlight that passes through them, all without taking up any space that a normal window wouldn’t already be using. This would make solar energy collection an easy and affordable solution for anyone who has window space to convert. Solar panel installations would still be a viable option for more energy needs, but having the window space used in addition to them would greatly increase the overall energy collection while reducing the space needed for panels.
Solar cells are useful in a variety of ecological applications. However, they can be both fragile and expensive to make. Ongoing developments in the field of solar fabrics might mitigate these issues. Solar fabrics are flexible enough to stretch and already in use in makeshift humanitarian shelters in various places. This would allow for solar energy collection that would be usable by anyone, regardless of their living circumstances. Imagine being able to power your phone through a cloth bracelet, or power heated coats through the cloth of the coat itself.
Solar roads are another major advancement in technology that could revolutionize how we get our energy. Solar roads are literal roads that can be driven and walked on just like any other asphalt road, but works to collect solar energy at the same time. The sheer amount of space that roads take up now could be turned to serve two purposes, creating clean and sustainable energy while also serving as the streets we depend on. This technology is still being perfected, but is well on its way to becoming a true marketable product that could make great strides in solving the world’s energy crisis.
Quantum Dot Solar Technology
Solar technology is changing and growing rapidly. To succeed in the long term, the market needs to develop new technologies that provide efficient, cost-effective solutions to energy needs. One of the problems holding solar energy collection back is that solar panels aren’t currently as efficient as they could be. This is where Quantum Dots are being developed to solve this. Quantum dots are essentially artificial atoms that scientists may be able to use to replace bulkier tech such as silicon. They can also make infrared energy, which accounts for up to half of the solar energy reaching the planet, more accessible to you. This new atom is much more efficient in collecting and storing solar energy and, when implemented, could also greatly reduce the space requirements for solar panels.
Solar energy will continue to be a big, growing part of the industry as we find new ways to change energy trends across the world. It’s important that people continue to invest in current solar energy solutions to help fund and increase the demand of ongoing research into solar energy solutions. By showing support for scientists and developers today, we can ensure that the future of solar energy collection and use will be much brighter.
- Meghan Belnap is the author of this post.