Solar Panels That Work At Night, Research Ongoing

Solar energy production at industrial scales and in people’s homes has become an increasingly popular and effective way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. And at the same time, it has saved homeowners a lot of money on their electricity bills. 

But one of the downsides has been the need for storing daytime electricity production to make it available at nighttime when many people tend to use more energy. 

Now, a breakthrough technology that harnesses infrared energy at night could pave the future for much more reliable and efficient renewable energy production in homes. 

Scientists at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW Sydney have run a first successful pilot test. 

EcoWatch had a report with the initial test results. 

“For now, the amount of energy produced in the tests is incredibly small compared to solar panel output, about 0.001%. But it does show hope in developing solar panels that can produce energy, even at night.”

This might seem like a small step, but you have to remember that early PV solar panels started with humble beginnings. This technology could quickly evolve into a viable solution with the right partnerships. 

Chris is one of GreenCitizen’s writers who has been a long-time advocate of individual responsibility when it comes to the environment. He shares GreenCitizen's passion for making the world a better place every day of the year.

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