In 2022, solar energy has become more popular than it already was in the previous years, thanks to technological advancements and new research that have made solar even more accessible to people who want to use clean energy and reap its financial benefits as well. For an exclusive look at some of the most cutting-edge solar technological advancements up to current year, keep reading this article!
Solar Fabric-A Revolutionary Product
Solar fabric is a new technology that has recently been developed. It is a highly elastic material that transforms energy from solar panels into electricity. It can be used to create clothing by embedding small PV cells into it, which then charge batteries or power electronics while you wear them. The benefits of solar fabric are numerous, one of the great benefits is its flexible and comfortable, lightweight, and durable hence can be warped around any surface.
Use in Outdoor and Tenting activities:
The biggest advantage is that it can be used in textile materials and in an outdoor tent. It has been said to be a great solution for off-grid areas where is a lack of electricity. This technology will enable people under the tent to get a shade in hot summer but also help to meet their basic energy needs as well as help them charge their phones.
Floating Solar Farms
In many parts of the world, lakes, ponds, and reservoirs are cheap and easily accessible sources of renewable energy. As such, floating solar farms have become increasingly popular as an alternative to more traditional forms of solar power generation. They’re also easier to maintain than conventional land-based installations. While they require less space than their ground-based counterparts, they do face some unique challenges that can make them difficult to implement effectively.
More Power Generation due to boosted Cooling Effect:
Research about solar floating forms or “Floatovoltaics” shows that, compared to land-based solar installations, floating solar farms can boost the generated power up to 22%. This is because they are placed on surface of water that absorb heat and reflect light, making them cooler than the surrounding areas which improve their efficiency.
A floating Solar Farm is best suitable for an area with less availability of land due to real estate constraints, where electricity consumption is high and there is not enough space for a ground-based solar farm.
Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV)
Buildings are by nature large and widely constructed. A lot of energy is required to heat and cool them, which is why it’s so important that they should be as energy-efficient as possible. Building-Integrated Photovoltaic technology (BIPV) takes advantage of the fact that buildings have lots of flat surfaces, like roofs and walls that can be used for solar panels. BIPV combines photovoltaic cells with other building materials, such as shingles or windowpanes, to generate electricity from sunlight while also reducing a building’s carbon footprint. It’s a great way to make use of wasted space and reduce your reliance on conventional electricity.
There are a number of added benefits to incorporating solar energy into building architecture, but perhaps most importantly is that it can save you money. It’s estimated that adding BIPV systems to your home can cut your electricity bill by a good percentage. Some of the other advantages are as follows.
• Better Utilization of Building’s Outer Space
• Energy efficiency is Higher
• Less Cost on Operation & Maintenance
• Improved sound insulation & Thermal Optimization
• Zero Carbon footprint
We’ve seen a lot of advancements in solar technology over the past few years, and we’re going to see even more in 2022. As energy prices continue to rise and concerns about global warming continue to grow, we can expect more advanced technology in the future.
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