Author : Abhilasha Mishra 1
Date of Publication :30th December 2017
Abstract: The efficiency of solar panels is greatly affected by dust and soiling. The solar panel reflects a considerable amount of light which also decrease the efficiency. Everyday cleaning of solar installation is time-consuming and costly. The hydrophobic coating works as an anti-dust coating so it will enhance the efficiency and decrease the cost of cleaning of solar cells. In India, most of the solar projects are situated in arid areas (MP, Gujarat etc) where dust decreases the efficiency of solar cells. Thus by combining these two properties and applying the superhydrophobic and antireflective coating, we can increase the efficiency of solar cells by 25-40%.
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