The future of solar energy: solar panels that do not need direct sunlight

One of the great revolutions, in terms of obtaining energy through a renewable and clean source, are undoubtedly solar panels. However, these energy conductors have a negative point, and that is that, of course, they need direct sunlight to create energy.


What if we could eliminate this defect and ensure this type of energy constantly, thus avoiding the use of less clean ones? That is the idea of ??AuREUS, a new solar panel that does not depend on direct sunlight to generate energy.


And, at the end of it all, the idea of ??the What these panels start from is quite logical: instead of feeding on the direct rays of the sun, they use the emission of ultraviolet rays, since the clouds cannot prevent them from reaching the panel, to generate energy.


To create the panels, Carvey Ehren Maigue, a student at the University of Mapua in the Philippines, used luminescent particles from fruit and vegetable waste. These are the same particles that absorb ultraviolet rays from the Sun and convert them into visible light.

Using this type of particles, he created a solar film capable of capturing ultraviolet rays. The film then converts the rays into visible light that is used to generate power.

The current prototype is just a panel of about 1X0.6 meters installed in a window in his house.

The panel is also flexible. It is made of resin and could even be applied to clothing. The idea is so good that it won the James Dyson Foundation Sustainability Award in 2020.

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This solar film leaves plenty of room for more innovators to step up and find new applications. This design could be very useful, as only the film would have to be applied to the window to collect the electricity. For example, we could see them installed in cars, giving new means of power generation to electric vehicles.

And, of course, we would get rid of expensive solar panels on the roof, with a fairly simple installation. complex.