How can the UK solar industry deal with regional hot spots?
The world has changed through numerous advances discovered by mankind that makes leaving quite comfortable. The means of transportation have become faster and safer, the interaction with people around the world is a matter of only one click, hunting is considered a hobby since supermarkets take their own places in cities and from a simple bonfire to the use of fossil fuels to warm our homes, humanity has entered a new age through the use of solar energy.
The new method promises to reduce the cost of electricity with a short investment in countries like Japan, Germany, the United States, and China. For this reason, the UK has decided to give it a chance to the newest form of electricity. With a cost that goes between £2,000 and £3,000 for installation of solar panels, citizens can have the opportunity to pay low bills and help the environment with this renewable option at the same time.
The solar industry has grown bigger over the last nine years in the United Kingdom and with a high demand huge challenges can appear like in the case of “hot spots”, a singularity that arises on solar panels when these ones concentrate a high temperature. The situation came out when citizens noticed that their bills came with an irregular amount of money, seemingly without any reason. This happens in the absence of a good smart solar battery.
The phenomenon not only affects the efficiency of the solar panels and the pockets of people but also the quality of the solar energy that costs a 25 % of power loss for the entire country which leads to a negative conception of solar energy. With an approximate of 3.542 homes out of 88.273 that use the renewable source, the industry has called the attention of Dr. Mahmound Dhimish (an expert in Electronics and Control Engineering from Huddersfield University) to determine the origin of hot spots and get an effective solution to it.
Dr. Dhimish examined over 2.500 solar panels distributed across the whole country with his team and came up with the real obstacle which was the physical location of the panels. In his studies, Dr. Dhimish explains that panels that are located in the north of the country were more likely to suffer the “hot spots” phenomenon compared to the ones distributed on the southern coast.
The “hot spots” appear due to the elevated levels of heavy snow and hoarfrost while panels on the coastal areas with their cool wind were on a low risk to present this problem. In order to prevent worse damage to the industry´s investment and citizens, Dr. Dhimish suggested getting panels installed on the coastal area of the UK so the effect of the weather will not compromise the efficiency of the solar resource avoiding any %age of loss in the future so any misunderstanding about the use of solar energy that could compromise the solar industry will be thing of the past.
It is impossible to work against nature and the solar industry has proved and embraced the significant role that plays this element in the advances of solar power. In the case of UK, solar industry needs to function according to the conditions this great land has displayed in order to improve as a nation and get on the list of countries looking to a better future.