Discipline: Technology and Engineering
Subcategory: Materials Science
Tremain Crutcher - Alabama A&M University
Photovoltaic panels lack adequate efficiency due to inefficient periodic cleaning to alleviate dust, sand, dirt, animal feces, and other deterrents to sunlight exposure. In an effort to alleviate this problem, we have explored ways to maintain the efficiency of solar panels. A simple, cost effective method that I propose is a waterless polymer cleaning solution. Preliminary data shows this polymer solution applied directly to the panel and wiped off can enhance the sun light collecting surface, thereby maintaining efficiency, and prolong the life of the panel surface. The importance of this research is to provide a process to maintain power production and efficiency, while protecting the panel surface. Solar power production translates to a savings in utilities while decreasing dependency on fossil fuels lowering our environments carbon footprint.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): Acknowledgement to Alliance for Physics Excellence (APEX) for support of this research.
Faculty Advisor: Kyle Rose Sr.,