25 Sep '12, 3pm

Anti-Reflective Glass Coating Traps More Light, Boosts Solar Panel Efficiency

A new anti-reflective glass coating for solar panels from Australian company Brisbane Materials lets solar panels capture more light and therefore boosts their efficiency. The company says the coating decreases light reflection by 75 percent and increases power output by three percent, which may seem small, but it's the highest improvement for any anti-reflective coating so far and, over an array of solar panels, this type of improvement can make a big difference. That three percent increase not only boosts overall power supply but also brings down the cost per kilowatt-hour since the power boost outweighs the slight increase in cost from coating the panels. © Brisbane Materials Anti-reflective coatings for solar panels are nothing new -- we've covered a few versions of the technology before -- but what makes Brisbane's technology stand out is that it can be bonded to the ...

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