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Generating an electric current

The issue with solar panels experiencing reduced performance as temperatures rise is primarily attributed to the nature of semiconductor materials used in their photovoltaic cells. Solar panels operate by converting sunlight into electricity through the photovoltaic effect, a process where photons from sunlight excite electrons within the semiconductor material.

However, as temperatures increase, the semiconductor material becomes less efficient in conducting electricity. This decrease in efficiency is often referred to as the “temperature coefficient” and results in a reduction in the output voltage and overall power output of the solar panels. Higher temperatures also contribute to increased resistance in the electrical circuits, further diminishing the panels’ overall performance.
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The statistic chart of the user Testing & Trials Show a Large Reduction in Air-Conditioning Usage

To address this challenge Schmetzer Industries'

Exploration of using Phase Change Materials (PCMs) as a passive cooling system for solar panels not only holds promise for environmental sustainability but also brings substantial financial benefits, particularly in the context of solar farms.
The improved efficiency of solar panels directly correlates with increased energy production, resulting in higher revenue generation for solar farm operators. As solar panels operate at peak efficiency, they generate more electricity over the same footprint, optimizing the utilization of available resources and reducing the cost per unit of energy produced.

Furthermore

Increased energy output enhances the return on investment (ROI) for solar farm projects, making them more attractive to investors and stakeholders. This financial viability not only promotes the growth of solar energy initiatives but also contributes to the overall economic feasibility of transitioning towards cleaner and more sustainable energy solutions.

Schmetzer Industries’ innovative approach aligns with these goals, potentially ushering in a new era of more efficient and economically viable solar farms.

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