The innovations in the solar energy industry are influenced by the energy needs of current times.
FREMONT, CA: The swift proliferation of portable devices and wearable electronics is fostering the development of mobile and distributed sources of energy. Solar energy has largely been regarded as a prominent medium for generating renewable energy. However, according to a report, conventional solar panels needed more energy during their manufacturing than the panels will ever generate during their lifetime. This trend has changed with the realization of new and efficient solar devices. Here are the latest innovations that are transforming the energy sector when it comes to solar technology.
Solar-powered streets incorporate a modular system of specifically engineered solar panels that can tolerate the weight of the heavy vehicles. The energy produced from such solar roadways can sufficiently energize the traffic lights and road signals. Further, the solar panels are also getting laced with LED bulbs that can brighten the roads at night and provide the thermal heating capability to melt snow during winters. Such solar panels can also be leveraged in parking lots and driveways.
Solar Wearable and Gadgets
While wearable devices, including solar-powered watches and other gadgets, are quite old concepts, the latest innovations in solar textiles have largely revived the concept of solar wearable. For instance, tiny solar panels are getting stitched into the fabric of clothing. Such wearable solar textiles comprise a soft material, unlike the traditional wearable that utilizes hard plastic materials. Thus, solar tech is increasingly expanding into home products like window curtains and clothes.
As solar technology is proliferating, property owners are increasingly considering solar alternatives for their energy requirements. A solar tracker is an essential innovation in the above regard. Trackers enable solar panels to boost electricity production by following the sun as it traverses the sky. The increasing impetus of solar trackers can be estimated from a report stating that almost half of all ground-mounted solar panels will have trackers by 2021.