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Solar Cooling Panels Could Reduce The Usage Of Air Conditioning

Yet again, Stanford University has come up with an interesting creation that sounds like it has tremendous commercial potential and it involves using solar cooling panels and, it is claimed, far outperforms similar systems.

Researchers at Stanford University have come up with yet another exciting creation
(image credit: Sandip Bhattacharya)

A research team at the university has come up with “solar cooling panels” that are also referred to as “radiative cooling panels” that bounce back heat off a structure. This has the benefit of reducing the amount of heat getting into a property when it is not required meaning that the air conditioning will not need to be used as much to keep the building cool and, therefore, saving on electricity. So, ultimately, it is achieving the same thing as solar panels – saving money on energy bills.

In fact it is claimed that if only 10 per cent of a roof of a standard single family home had these solar cooling panels installed the owner of the property could see a saving of as much as 35 per cent in their electricity bills. That, we are sure you will agree, could be a significant saving.

This new system, even when the sun is strong, is capable of radiating a reasonable amount of sunlight back into space. The reflector that is used must only be able to absorb a minimal volume of sunlight so that the panels do not get warm. Also, the structure has to efficiently radiate heat back into outer space as in the greenhouse effect.

The new system that is manufactured from silicon carbide and nano-structured quartz achieves both these things thus making it good for the reflection of the majority of the sunlight and also emitting thermal radiation within the required range of wavelengths to ensure escaping from the atmosphere of the earth.

It will be interesting to hear how this project develops in the coming months and we shall provide regular updates in this respect.

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