New Scientific Techniques From Stanford Result in Longer-Lasting Panels

By: Alyson Wyers - Jul 29, 2014
References: osa.org & coolbusinessideas
Researchers from Stanford University developed self-cooling solar cells to make the sustainable energy source last longer. In addition to increasing longevity, this scientific development also means solar cells can be more powerful since staying cool is a key component to solar cell efficiency.

According to coolbusinessideas.com, this self-cooling technique involves incorporating conical and pyramid shapes "into the collector’s silica surface, bouncing hot infrared wavelengths away while letting in the visible light that generates the most energy." This means the solar panel doesn't fry itself by getting too hot, and the solar cell surface is being optimized.

While the Stanford team has yet to test the self-cooling solar cells outdoors, they are hopeful for the future and foresee commercial products.