Sunday, January 2, 2011

' Self-cleaning ' Nasa applied to solar technology

Energy solar large-scale develops mainly in immense fields of solar panels which can have up to 25 or 50 football pitches dimension. Mostly these places are located in desert areas, which presents some particular problems as, for example, the from the accumulation of dust. A group of scientists from the University of Boston (led by Dr. Mazumder) are applying technology for NASA missions to Mars and the Moon to resolve this problem, here on Earth.


Dust that accumulates on the solar panels partially blocks the passage of light, as does it the dust that accumulates over a window. And with less light, lower energy can be generated. Now this problem is handled with clean using water or mechanical instruments either, but both have a high cost.In addition, since desert areas, water is a scarce commodity.

But this ' self-cleaning ' technology has not been developed initially with these purposes.Dr. Mazumder team originally devised the self-cleaning system for solar cells on Mars that will provide energy to the space missions robots. But then came the idea of applying it to the terrestrial solar panels.


' Self-cleaning ' this technology is based on the placement of a transparent and sensitive material to electricity. This is placed directly on the glass or a kind of transparent plastic shroud covering panels.From sensor monitors the level of dust, and achieve critical values activates ' self-cleaning ' system, sending a shock that acts as a repellent wave dust, which runs along the entire surface, pushing the particles of land borders.

This will delete approximately 90 percent of the dust on the panels solar.Something, expected, applicable on a large scale, introducing a solution that facilitates the multiplication of producing solar fields you import.

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