Solar Panel Background
First-generation solar cells, also known as photovoltaic (PV) cells, are made with silicon. Traditional solar panels are typically a flat-plate and require a flat surface in order to collect energy adequately. The sun is absorbed by a network of PV cells and transformed into a sustainable, renewable direct current of electricity.
Second-generation solar cells, also called thin-film solar cells, are made of amorphous silicon or nonsilicon materials like cadmium telluride. These consist of thin film solar cell layers that are only a few micrometers thick. This type of paneling can double as building facades, shingles, tiles, or the glazing for skylights.
Third-generation solar cells can be made from various materials such as solar inks, solar dyes, and conductive plastics. Some solar cell technology reflects sunlight onto high-efficiency PV material using plastic lenses or mirrors.
The Future of Solar Energy
While solar panels have been around for years, the development of green technology to fit a wide variety of needs has just begun to pick up the pace. For example, the aviation and automotive industries utilize articulating borescopes for thorough, expedited inspections.
Other industries are taking note and jumping aboard to manufacture planet-friendly products and equipment. Not only does improved technology help companies and consumers accurately handle problems that pop up occasionally but it also allows them to save money and produce less waste.
Engineers from all around the world and various industries are working to educate consumers on the importance of eco-friendly products while providing superior technological products and procedures. Gama Sonic’s outdoor solar energy lighting already allows customers to retain a traditional look while reducing their carbon footprint. Its patented pending Morph Technology is certain to be valuable in the improvement in outdoor solar lighting.