DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD OF SOLAR ENERGY

The use of solar energy increases every year. So, this short review presents some achievements in this field.

To start the review, it is necessary to say a few words about the obtaining electricity from the Sun. The existing solar technology has two main types. The photovoltaics (PV) absorbs sunlight to produce electric power and the concentrated solar power (CSP) converts concentrate sunlight into heat and generates thermal energy to heat engine connected to electro generator. Most innovations based on these forms of solar energy.

Solar skin

Many people do not want to put solar panels on their house because they can ruin the appearance of the building. The firm Sistine Solar solved this problem by creation of a "solar skin". It is usual solar panel but created with a customized look. It means that this panel will fit the design of the house.

Solar power roads

On one of the interstate highways in the US were established a chain of PV solar panels with LED bulbs. These panels collect electricity during the day then LED bulbs light the road at night and also can melt snow in winter. Now the developers plan to continue developing this technology further.

Solar power clothes

Solar panels on the watch do not surprise anyone. But few people know about the possibility of their use in the textile elements. This development belongs to the designer Marianne Fairbanks and chemist Trisha Andreev. Besides the project is being actively developed, there are already examples of the use of such samples.

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