05 Feb '18, 3am

Researchers Gauge Air Pollution's Negative Impact On Solar Production - Solar Industry

Researchers Gauge Air Pollution's Negative Impact On Solar Production - Solar Industry

Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells are cutting energy output by more than 25% in certain parts of the world. The study says the regions hardest hit are also some of those investing the most in solar energy installations: China, India and the Arabian Peninsula. “My colleagues in India were showing off some of their rooftop solar installations, and I was blown away by how dirty the panels were,” says Michael Bergin, professor of civil and environmental engineering at North Carolina-based Duke University and lead author of the study. “I thought the dirt had to affect their efficiencies, but there weren’t any studies out there estimating the losses. So, we put together a comprehensive model to do just that.” With colleagues at the Indian Institute...

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