Technology is ever evolving to make our lives better. We use technology in just about everything. It should come as no surprise that new technology has pioneered the renewable energy movement. The future of sustainable power is bright. Don’t believe me, take a look at some of the technology in the works or on the verge of widespread adoption.
Photovoltaic Transparent Glass
Technologists are at work perfecting transparent glass panels with solar cells inside them. These types of solar panels would allow windows to gather energy while hardly noticeable. With the technology, whole skyscrapers could gather enough energy to sustain themselves. The technology has been made, but it’s extremely expensive to manufacture now. As further advancements come along, companies will find cheaper ways to build the same products, thus putting it in the hands of more people.
Unfortunately, we are not close enough to energy independence, so we still need to reply on a grid to provide all or partial electricity. The meters used on most homes are outdated and do not optimize energy consumption. The use of smart grids allows us to send data back to the energy provider in order to provide as much or little electricity as you need. Smart grids will also be able to eventually send electricity from smaller local grids instead of wasting energy on getting it from farther away.
Automated Solar Panel Positioning
Solar panels are only as good as their position to the sun. Since the moves throughout the day, we are not harnessing as much energy from the sun as we could be. With the help of automated positioning, your panel will always be pointing in the right direction. As we develop the technology, solar panels will be constantly shifting to grab the most energy from the sun as possible. Things like this bring us one step close to energy independence.
What better way to capture the sun’s rays than to get as close it as possible? Space-based solar initiatives are in place to gather energy from outer space and send it back down to earth for use. This one is still a ways off because a project this large takes time. In theory, a space-based solar panel would collect immense amounts of energy and beam it back to earth using microwaves. These panels will also have a higher collection rate due to their proximity.