Exciting New Findings: Dust’s Impact on Solar Panel Efficiency.
New research straight from Pakistan sheds light on how dust can affect the performance of solar panels. Scientists looked into two distinct climate regions, uncovering intriguing insights into the impact of dust accumulation on photovoltaic (PV) systems.
In their study, researchers meticulously measured dust density on panels, analysing its composition and particle size. They set up experiments in Islamabad, known for its clean, rain-washed climate, and Bahawalpur, a desert region plagued by frequent dust storms and minimal rainfall.
The results were eye-opening! Over a few weeks of observation, dusty panels exhibited significantly reduced efficiency, particularly pronounced in Bahawalpur where dust accumulation was more substantial. Scanning electron microscopy revealed intriguing details about the particles’ composition and structure, with carbon and oxygen emerging as dominant elements.
But here is the most interesting part: the impact wasn’t just about reduced sunlight absorption due to dust’s shielding effect. There’s more to it! Researchers uncovered a fascinating phenomenon dubbed the “dust-temperature” effect. Essentially, dust alters heat transfer dynamics on PV modules, leading to the formation of hotspots and further compromising efficiency.
Intrigued? It might be worthwhile in looking deeper in the recently published paper, “Effect of dust accumulation on the performance of photovoltaic modules for different climate regions” in Heliyon. This collaborative effort involved researchers from Pakistan’s National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), the Islamic University of Bahawalpur, and the University of Warwick in the UK.
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