Simple method to increase solar panel efficiency

M2 solar antenna designed by Paul W Kincaid

Copper is the best conductor of electricity and heat. Copper is used in high, medium and low voltage power networks, and copper conductivity is considered to be the standard to which other conductors are compared. Aluminum cables are being replaced with copper ones, because copper conductivity is twice that of aluminum, making copper cables extremely energy efficient, thus helping reduce energy consumption.

However,  aluminum remains the most common material that is used in construction of solar panels. Simply replacing the aluminum in solar panels’ photovoltaic cells with copper will make solar panels more conductive and increase their energy output. Today, most solar panels provide an energy efficiency rating between 11 and 15 percent, which is the percentage of solar energy that is being converted into usable electricity. Using copper could, at the very least, double solar panel efficiency

The solar panel developed and patented by Nikola Tesla over 100 years ago (1901-11-05) was just a shiny metal plate with a transparent coating of some insulating material.

“In applying my discovery I provide a condenser, preferably of considerable electrostatic capacity, and connect one of its terminals to an insulated metal plate or other conducting body exposed to the rays or streams of radiant matter. “

 

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