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Does Solar Panel Cooling Boost Output? (+Video)


Discover solar panel cooling methods that can help enhance your system’s performance.

Solar panels suffer from a somewhat ironic problem: You need more sun to generate more power, but the hotter the panels get, the less efficient the panels are. This inefficiency means that the sunniest months of the year might hold the most potential, but might not be the most productive months for your solar system. Solar enthusiasts have been searching for ways to get more power from their system for years, and solar panel cooling is a topic frequently discussed.

So, are you looking for ways to increase your solar panel output? Do you like to tinker and explore DIY projects to wring every ounce of performance from your rig? If so, then read on to explore why it is that solar panels have this problem in the first place, some ways in which technology is evolving to cope with the problem and find methods that many DIYers have used to tackle the problem on their own.

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4D Printing: Shaping The Future of Solar Cells


A team of researchers has uncovered the key to what they call 4D printing – and solar energy may be one of the top 2 fields to benefit from the great invention.

Did your eyes widen in disbelief with the invention of 3D printing as plastic, ceramic, glass, living cells, and even chocolate were born out of a printer? Now it may seem like yesterday’s news. In a way, it kind of is. The 2D laser printer in your home office is probably looking more and more archaic to you these days – or if you’re still using one of those prehistoric dot matrix printers from the 1980s, shame on you. It’s time to step into the future with 4D printing.

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All-Weather Graphene Solar Panels Can Power Up In the Rain

Recent progress in the field of carbon graphene technology has opened the door to the possibility of all-weather graphene solar panels that can keep making electricity for your home even through a torrential downpour.

A team scientists in China have found an ingenious way to take solar panels beyond sunny weather and into the rain.

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Cost of Solar Panels Over Time

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The cost of solar has never been lower than it is right now.

Spurred on by falling installation prices and high incentives (which will soon decrease) the time to go solar is now. Below we explore the average cost of solar installations, just how far prices have dropped, and what factors do you need to consider before calculating the costs of going solar.

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What are the Most Efficient Solar Panels?


One of the most commonly asked questions when people consider installing residential solar is what are the most efficient solar panels?

It’s a question that makes sense to ask — you’re putting down a lot of money up front to install these panels, so you want to get your money’s worth. However, it’s the wrong question to ask. That’s because you shouldn’t base your solar panel purchase on efficiency, but on value.

What does ‘Most Efficient Solar Panels’ Mean?

Solar cells are linked together in a panel, converting sunlight into electricity through photovoltaic materials like silicon. When sunlight hits the panels, that light’s energy is absorbed, and the electrons in the material are captured to produce electric currents that you use to power your home.Continue reading