Inspired By Nature Eco FutureLab develops More Efficient Solar Energy technology
In recent years, solar energy has been a hot topic all over, as the world begins looking at alternative and more efficient sources of energy to coal and oil.
Solar energy has been very limiting due to the fact that it has largely until now at least been very inefficient compared to other energy sources.
That all seems to be changing now, as Eco FutureLab FZE has made a breakthrough in solar technology that Has once again revolutionized the industry, bringing in a whole new level of efficiency. By taking a different approach, they have now created a system whereby it is not only the energy from the sun’s light that is harvested, but also the heat. Until now a lot of research has been focusing on harvesting energy from the sun’s light, but, the new technology from Eco FutureLab FZE actually combines light and heat – a totally new concept in solar energy.
Current solar technology becomes less efficient the more the temperature rises, so it seems like a catch-22 situation. You need the sun to produce power from solar panels, but the irony is that the hotter it gets, the less effective the solar panels become. This new process, ThermaV actually works better, the more the temperature rises, So the hotter it gets, the better it works.
The Eco FutureLab FZE , ThermaV Technology surpasses the efficiency levels of current existing photovoltaic and thermal conversion technologies.
Most solar cells become highly ineffective when reaching a temperature of 100°C, but the new ThermaV only hits it maximum performance peak at over 220 °C.
With normal photovoltaic cells, the Semiconducting material used (silicon) can only use a portion of the light spectrum. The unused sunlight is therefore turned into heat, and is lost. This loss of energy amounts to about 50 percent of the initial solar energy that reaches the cell.
It is estimated that by using ThermaV, the energy produced could be almost three times as much as existing systems produce at the moment. The engineering team at Eco FutureLab FZE have developed prototype products that are Hybrid Integration of ThermaV technology and existing systems.