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UH Physics Researcher Develops Nanoparticle Coating for Solar Panels - Democratic Underground

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UH Physics Researcher Develops Nanoparticle Coating for Solar Panels

August 13, 2012-Houston-A University of Houston researcher has developed a nanoparticle coating for solar panels that makes it easier to keep the panels clean, which helps maintain their efficiency and reduces the maintenance and operations costs.

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The Self-Cleaning Nano Hydrophobic (SCNH107TM) layer has been licensed by C-Voltaics from UH. C-Voltaics, a start-up energy company dedicated to the generation of more practical clean energy for use in off-grid and on-grid applications, will oversee marketing of the coating and a “Storm Cell,” a transportable energy generator with unique patent-pending designs and engineering aspects that was also developed by Curran at UH.

Solar panels need to have a clean surface to efficiently gather light from the sun, but they are often soiled by dust, pollen, water and other particles. Curran’s coating acts as a barrier protection against these pollutants.

The nano-thin coating repels dust, pollen, water and other particles without hindering the solar panel’s ability to absorb sunlight. The coating can maintain this ideal hydrophobic surface for years, reducing overall maintenance.

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