The SiO2 Coating Keeps Solar Panels Cool and Efficient

By: Rahul Kalvapallé - Sep 24, 2015
References: & gizmag
The SiO2 solar panel cover is a piece of technology, developed by a group of professors and researchers at Stanford University, that is capable of significantly increasing the efficiency of solar panels by keeping them cool. Developed by Professor Shanhui Fan and his colleagues, this transparent silicon overlay collects heat before radiating it directly into space, all without interfering with incoming solar energy inputs.

The coating is completely transparent, meaning it won't interfere with the solar cell's ability to collect light.

What's interesting about the SiO2 solar panel cover is that the technology can also be applied in numerous other applications. For example, if it is mass-produced, the technology could be used to cool down any device that is at risk of over-heating in the open air. For example, it could be used in cars to supplement existing air conditioning technology.