A team of scientists, engineers and researchers at Brunel University London have come up with an intriguing hybrid solar system that is capable of converting and entire roof into a solar generator.
It's a common misconception that the more sunlight hits a solar panel, the better. But that's not necessarily the case and in fact, the opposite can sometimes be true because as photovoltaic cells heat up, their efficiency actually takes a hit. This hybrid system helps to capture the excess heat and still put it to good use.
This hybrid solar energy system brings together flat heat pipes with photovoltaic cells with the purpose of both heating water as well as generating usable electricity. The heat pipes can be used to transfer heat away from those surfaces where they are not needed in a variety of personal settings such as personal computers or perhaps even in outer space.
Solar energy is far from perfect, but technologies like this one enable better and more efficient exploitation of solar energy.