Increasing The Efficiency Of Photovoltaic Panels By Trapping And Reflecting Light Energy Essay
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Increasing the Efficiency of Photovoltaic Panels by Trapping and Reflecting Light Energy
Objectives: To create a more reflective and efficient photovoltaic roof panel in order to allow buildings with photovoltaic-panel roofs to meet LEED standards.
Justification (need/specification): This work is important as our carbon intake is much too high and if we are to reduce it so by 2050 we only have twice as much CO2 in the atmosphere as we do now. At this point, we are due to have three times as much CO2 which is detrimental to a great percentage of Earth 's ecosystems (Ex: the coral reefs will be extinct) (Powering the Planet:
Nathan Lewis) and our general health. However, there are many efforts being taken to reduce emission. LEED Standard buildings- buildings that use less water, energy, and to produce less waste; are becoming more widespread. In total, these buildings have saved over a billion dollars in energy, about 1.5 million dollars in water, and about 5.4 million dollars in waste reduction
(http://leed.usgbc.org/leed.html?gclid=CNbk7PLXztACFc9ZhgodzPYJyw). However, these buildings have one problem: they are unable to have solar paneled roofs because, in order for a building to meet LEED standards the building has to have a white roof. The design we are
Acosta, Crawford 2 proposing could possibly solve that problem and increase the efficiency of photovoltaic lenses.
Background: In the past there have been both mirrors and lighter colors used for