Solar Power Inside Out
Posted on 03/02/2016 at 12:00 AM by Seth Hansen
What if solar panels could be used indoors? Crazy talk, right? Not necessarily. Advances in amorphous silicon solar technology have made this seemingly impossible task possible.
Solar energy is a big piece of today's green movement. Many people rightly think of the sun when they think of solar. However, like so many other things . . . solar is changing. You no longer need the sun to produce solar power. PowerFilm's Indoor Light Series solar panels are capable of transferring light from fluorescent bulbs into usable energy.
Currently, and in the future, offices will need smarter systems which can operate in low and variable light to collect as much energy as possible. Thin film solar panels have characteristics that make them ideal for use in a full range of lighting situations, including in extreme low-light conditions. With the right engineering these panels can respond and function exceptionally well in these sometimes tricky environments. This optimum performance comes from choosing the right photovoltaic module, electronics and storage medium.
Amorphous silicon thin-film technology has inherent high impedance giving it excellent low light performance, making it a good match for any number of indoor applications. The paper thin profile allows easy mounting on surfaces and devices while its manufacturing versatility allows custom module design.
No longer confined to outdoor solar, businesses and consumers can take the next step in "going green" and start saving energy they never knew they were losing.
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