Solar panels are a far more common sight around the UK than they were only a few years ago, and that’s largely thanks to breakthroughs in the technology behind them. It’s now more feasible than ever before to get commercial solar panels installed through companies like Dulas, as well as similar renewable technologies for the home, thanks largely to schemes such as the British Government’s current Green Deal.
Companies of all sizes are beginning to understand the benefit of investing in the technology; and with investment comes the research necessary to improve the technology in the future. The business advantages of powering buildings using the sun’s rays instead of fossil fuels no longer stop at some good PR; companies now know that they are able to save a pretty penny when they choose to harness the latest technologies. Now renewable power is gaining a proper foothold in this country, it’s time to start thinking about what will be shaping the solar panels of the future.
As far back as 2010 the Guardian reported that giant gravel batteries could be the solution to the storage problems inherent in solar power. Research into the batteries carried out by engineers in Cambridge revealed that they could potentially store energy when the wind stops blowing or the sun stops shining, which would in turn provide a further boost to the case for renewable fuels by eliminating one of the major downsides. Delivering a consistent flow of power instead of the current garnered from intermittent wind and so on could position renewable energy companies quite favourably compared to their dirty fuel burning counterparts.
Some ideas are much more outlandish. Sarah Heilshorn of Stanford University has been doing some really interesting bio-chemistry research and has reached some fascinating conclusions. It seems that bovine brain samples are affluent with the protein Clathrin which can be used to form nano-structured inorganic materials. This means that on the side of something humans already do in abundance for food could help us to help the environment too.
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