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Pat Shingleton: "Solar Panels-A Snow Job..."

3 years 5 months 1 week ago October 08, 2013 Oct 8, 2013 Tuesday, October 08 2013 October 08, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

The Dakotas have recorded their first major snowfall with expectations of more into the winter season. Michigan Technological University have buried some beliefs that solar cells are obsolete if they spend a significant amount of time buried under snow. A layer of snow on photovoltaic panels can create solar-cell blackouts for short durations. Scientists now believe snow cover assists solar cells. At a test field in Kingston, Ontario, researchers created a model predicting declining power generation within various snow-cover amounts on varied solar models at different angles. Their findings were matched with other solar farms noting that sunlight reflecting off of snow can generate additional electricity. Future snow-panels will be modified.

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