Analysis Of Solar Energy

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Noah Garcia, Hongyu Chen, Pablo Bribiesca, Mohammed Ali

Our group the Dream Green Team has only one goal in mind. To Make solar energy more economical. To make solar energy more economical a few things can be done. The cost to build solar panels can be decreased, the efficiency can be increased, or the storage of the energy can be more efficient. In the past decade solar panels have been improved greatly, they function with average efficiency and new materials have also decreased the cost to manufacture solar panels greatly. The storage of the energy created by solar panels lacks efficiency and since it is not sunny at all times but energy is needed at all times there needs to be a way to store the energy for use later when energy from the sun
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Currently, solar panels generally consist of silicon and various conductive materials to transfer the electricity into a home or building. In this concept we can use other materials in addition to silicon as the primary component that absorbs UV light from the Sun's rays. This will increase the efficiency while only increasing the cost by a small margin. The cost to yield ratio for solar panels working in Tandem with silicon is much higher than with only one material. Silicon is used as the base material for the composition of solar panels and only yields about a 26% efficiency at its peak power production while the absolute base for only using one material would yield around 34% efficiency in the entire system [13]. Using two different light absorbing materials like silicon along with another element can increase the energy yield to around 46% [13]. This number is around 176% more efficient than just using silicon based on raw percentage but around 20% more effective based on pure power production

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