Imagine an efficient & self-sufficient highway system that needs no jockey for position. There are no choke-points merging from different lanes into one. No ill-timed traffic lights or no rolling roadblocks as motorists ahead prepare for a turn which is four miles away. You would definitely know what smooth sailing feels & looks like regardless of the number of cars on the road.
Innovating is a Tough Job
This is what innovators are looking for as they work towards capturing extraordinary solar energy & trying to convert into renewable electricity. If only it were that simple, scientists would be spending more time with their musical instruments. Most researchers are chipping away at such challenges for improving the electronic traffic in solar cells for the past many years. They are especially focused on conversion efficiency & cost of thin-film photovoltaics. These primarily offer competitive pricing for a generation of solar power.
On the Verge of a Breakthrough
Opening to even greater advantages we have found a new way to adjust properties of thin films offering increased efficiency at reduced costs. Although thin film technology presently represents a small but growing share of solar markets in comparison to common silicon wafers; thin films have several advantages over the conventional solar cells. Thin films permit rapid production of more lightweight, flexible solar panels allowing expanding options for design & application. This could prove to be a long-awaited ‘technological breakthrough’ we were looking for!
Total Sun Energy in an Hour Can Power Us for a Full Year
This is a brief refresher! It depends upon how we process the energy generated by the sun. Energy emitted by the sun in an hour can power us for a full year. However, solar panels are the most common sun power collecting method at the moment. Typically, specially manufactured cells on solar panels are made of silicon. They capture lavishly showered photons upon us through sunlight. There are about 1,000 watts of sunlight hitting every square yard of our planet’s surface on any given sunny day. These photons are converted into electrons when they strike photovoltaic materials. They can produce electric voltage & flow of electricity when steered the right way.
The Making of Thin Solar Panels
Thin solar film materials are composed of millions of crystals per square inch. They are layered atop foundational materials which are known as substrates. They use both heat & pressure which are grown or built up in device stacks known as solar cells. Adjusting the property of each crystalline grain as growth occurs is the trick. Increased voltage alongside efficiency can have wonderful cascading effects. Reduced reliance on fossil fuels & expanded access to renewable energy like solar power can definitely save our generations to come.
Solar Power in the Indian Context
India has set an ambitious solar power generation target of 100 GW by the year 2022! Future of solar energy in the country largely depends upon achieving this target. Nevertheless, because of a record number of installations, the market sentiment is upbeat.
However, India has great potential to generate power from solar energy. Presently, the country is on course so as to emerge as a solar energy hub. The techno-commercial potential of photovoltaics in the country is enormous. But then with GDP growing excessively, the energy gap between demand & supply can only widen.
Intelizon to Make Use of this Opportunity
Solar is a renewable energy source which can drastically reduce electricity bills. Although the initial cost of solar power installation may be expensive, in the long run, it is highly advantages with zero electricity costs & low maintenance. Though solar energy storage is expensive in large projects, Intelizon has made it simple with inbuilt lithium-ion batteries in both their flagship products; Longstreet outdoor solar lights & Zonpower home solar systems. There are several other diverse applications Intelizon is also coming up with. These are basically meant to boost the use of solar energy & to be efficient at the same time.