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UH Researcher Develops Solar Panel Coating to Increase Efficiency

August 20, 2012 11:15 AM EST By: Jennifer Rocha

New Technology Successfully Undergoes Independent Testing

Story content courtesy of the University of Houston, US

A University of Houston researcher has developed a nanoparticle coating for solar panels that makes it easier to keep the panels clean, maintaining their efficiency for longer and reducing the maintenance and operations costs.

The patent-pending coating developed by physics professor Seamus “Shay” Curran, director of UH’s Institute for NanoEnergy, has successfully undergone testing at the Dublin Institute for Technology and will undergo field trials being conducted by an engineering firm in North Carolina.

The Self-Cleaning Nano Hydrophobic (SCNH107TM) layer has been licensed by C-Voltaics from UH. C-Voltaics, a start-up energy company dedicated to the generation of more practical clean energy for use in off-grid and on-grid applications, will oversee marketing of the coating and a “Storm Cell.” a transportable energy generator with unique patent-pending designs and engineering aspects that was also developed by Curran at UH.

The nano-thin coating repels dust, pollen, water and other particles without hindering the solar panel’s ability to absorb sunlight. The coating can maintain this ideal hydrophobic surface for years, reducing overall maintenance.

 

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