The Future of Solar Power
Awareness for greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint is a game-changer in solar energy innovation and technology towards the usage of renewable solar energy in off-the-grid, urban, and industrial areas. Solar power has become more acceptable around the globe.
Generating electricity from the sun by utilizing renewable solar energy technologies is cost-efficient and most environment-friendly.
According to Bloomberg, in less than ten years, solar energy will be at the lowest cost of production.
Beyond the benefit of cost, especially on an industrial scale, solar energy reduces emissions drastically.
In the United States, even large players in the electricity production market, shift plans to generate energy from the solar source.
The New York Times reported that Xcel Energy, the electricity provider for Colorado, Texas, and Michigan had bidden recently on building significant wind and solar power plants in Colorado.
Pacific Gas & Electric, the West Coast energy provider, has committed to making 55% of the energy from renewable power by 2031.
The Future of Solar Power for Residential
The main problem of solar power installation in urban areas is the shape and large size of solar panels.
New ways of integrating solar panels in residential areas form a shape with new innovative techniques.
Tesla shifts gear from car batteries towards residential solar.
Tesla has begun selling solar roof tiles, identical to regular roof tiles, basic grey, or Spanish. At the begging of 2018, Tesla confirmed that it had installed Solar Roof tiles in homes of executives and begun installation in non-workers’ homes.
Invisible Solar solutions have been designed for urban areas in forms of windows and even paint.
Solar power windows technology generates electricity from the sun to generate electricity.
The technology exists but has not been available yet in forms of commercial production.
However, there are several technologies that aim to hit the mass market in the near future.
The delay in adaptation is mainly due to functionality. Solar panels capture light to produce electricity.
Since the light goes through a standard window, currently the solar energy solution can not be seen-through.
In the near future, your home may be able to generate solar power not only from the roof, but from the windows as well.
Large Scale Solar Energy Production
For the manufacturing industries such as fuel, chemicals and mining, large amounts of heat are needed in the production process.
Heat and steam generated by the industry, are critical for the global economy, but has been also known as an overlooked source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Despite the growth in solar energy solutions, global GHG emissions reached a peak in 2018. Luckily, innovative solar technologies can produce steam at an industrial scale with the goal to cut GHG emissions.
Many companies focus on residential solutions, but a worldwide industrial solar power implementation must be taken place globally.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that industrial emissions will grow some 24 percent by 2050.
The first and most responsible area for GHG emissions is transportation.
Like solar power installations for homes, solar-powered cars have been also developed recently.
Lightweight solar panels are incorporated to cover the car’s body. Sunflare, a Los Angeles-based start-up, is looking to become the next solar producer of lightweight panels.
Compared to conventional solar panels, Sunflare’s panel products have the same metallic blue look, but the panels are thin, flexible, and lightweight.
The electricity generated from the panels fuels the battery, which runs the motor. Solar panels work silently and don’t add to pollution as gasoline engines do.
The growing demand for heat in the manufacturing industry requires a drastic shift in energy consumption from solar sources.
Solar thermal systems mirror sunlight to produce heat and steam at high temperatures that are needed for the industry.
More and more companies use photovoltaic (PV) panels that convert sunlight into electricity, but solar thermal systems are less expensive, more efficient and environment-friendly.
Fossil fuels still remain the main source of heat across different industry sectors around the globe.
As awareness of industrial leaders and technology advances, more and more companies switch to solar steam to simultaneously reduce costs and emissions.
These companies not only improve business operations, together they shrink the carbon footprint.
Industrial companies that implemented solar energy solutions for heat and steam production set a great example to the manufacturers that continue ignoring the danger of GHG emissions.
It’s time to embrace a global solution for the industrial form of heat and respect the safety of our planet.