Have anyone told you that a solar panel can be operational at the night? This might sound like an unrealistic tech. However, it is possible and in the future, we can see solar panels working at night also. The University of California (UC), Davis scientists are inventing a prototype for ‘anti-solar panels’ that would work opposite to a classic solar panel. The new studies suggest that it is possible that such panels could work round the clock.
These anti-solar panels can produce a quarter of the energy they generate throughout the day under ideal conditions. The scientist reveals the requirement to combine thermoradiative panels that could produce energy on account of radiative cooling. In radiative cooling due to thermal radiation, a body dissipates out its heat. The thermoradiative cells are used for the experiment for manufacturing. After that, they transfigure the heat into electricity.
Research Behind Anti-Solar Panels
ACS Photonics publication has published a research paper. In this paper, the scientists have revealed how they developed the anti-solar cells. Which perform their function of radiative cooling. Some engineers from UC states were puzzled concerning what would be the result if they installed one of the solar panels in a warm area, and pointed it towards the sky. It tends to concentrate on visible light to give rise to efficacious cells that could use the night sky and space as a heat sink. Jeremy Munday, an electrical and computer engineer from UC states mention that physics was identical in both the tech, only the materials are varying.
However this technology is in its initial phases, the team is in the middle of developing prototypes. The important point about this research is, it can be made economical to hold solar panels functional for a day. Last but not the least, according to scientists the enigmatic space is an interesting, comparatively unexplored area. However, it can assist and deliver electrical power at night and day with the proper utilization of materials science, optics, and photonics.
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Tristan Deppe, Jeremy N. Munday. Nighttime Photovoltaic Cells: Electrical Power Generation by Optically Coupling with Deep Space. ACS Photonics, 2019; 7 (1): 1 DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.9b00679