From being limited to research labs and prototypes just a few decades ago to the world’s cheapest energy source, solar energy has come a long way. However, for a large part, the fundamental design of a solar module has remained the same, except for some variations like bifacial panels or cut cell modules.
However, in very recent years, solar energy is breaking its stereotypical image and evolving into exciting new products. Developers have been able to combine the power generation ability of solar cells with everyday objects to make solar more versatile and everyday objects more useful!
Let us have a look at some interesting solar products:
1. Solar Glass
While traditional solar panels have a full set of components such as cells, glass, frame, sheets, etc. solar glass embeds solar cells directly into glass while getting rid of all other components that do not have any role in energy generation. Solar glass is a sleek solar power generating unit that can be translucent/transparent and directly installed on the sides of buildings.
Solar glass also maximizes space utilization by not just being limited to the roofs. This is particularly useful in urban settings. Manufacturers have also succeeded in combining aesthetics by developing PV glasses in various colors.
2. Solar Roof
Existing solar panels when installed on the roof, need mounting structures and take up space that cannot be utilized for anything else. Additionally, the owner has to incur costs for both – roof as well as the solar plant. Solar roofs combine roofing units with solar cells to become multi-purpose. Solar roofs can be flat tiles with embedded solar cells or shingles. Robust and durable solar roofs not only save roof costs during installation but can also save on roof upgrade costs, all of it while reducing expenditure on electricity.
3. Solar Furniture
Using electronics on your patio or lawn has always been a challenge, with a lack of charging points. With more and more people working from homes in today’s world, having furniture that has embedded solar panels helps turn the outside into a workspace or a hangout place where you don’t need to worry about your phones or tablets running out of power.