The newest solar panel technology was on display at Solar Power International in Las Vegas. The biggest attention getters were higher efficiencies and bifacial – but there are other technologies- cut cells, string ribbons, anti-soiling coatings, and solar tiles – that also deserve some time in the limelight.
Hantiles: solar roof tiles made by encapsulating thin, flexible thin-film solar cells into ultra-clear float glass.
12 ribbon ribbon busbar (most solar panels have 3 or 4). The round wire scatters light toward the cells more so than a wide flat bar reflects.
Half cut solar cells.’ Yes, 1/2 of a solar cell is innovation today – and the naming structure is as literal as it comes with these solar panel people.
Anti-soiling material. Thing gets dusty. We need to clean our panels. Dusty regions in the US can knock more than 10% of performance off.
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