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The first solar energy modules for solar-powered homes have been unveiled by Google, the US-based technology giant, and Intel.
Google’s solar thermal module, called the solar thermal platform, was shown at the Solar Energy Summit in Santa Clara, California, this week.
The new module, which can heat a room from 100 to 150 degrees Celsius, can be used in outdoor installations in both indoor and outdoor settings.
The module’s design uses an innovative heat-transfer mechanism to keep the solar heat from reaching the solar panels, which are housed in glass panels.
The module uses a patented design, the solar PV heat transfer mechanism, and a thin, flexible film that can be fabricated in the silicon wafer process, which makes it a lot easier to produce the modules than traditional silicon wafers, the company said.
Intel’s solar PV modules, called solar PV cooling modules, are made in silicon wacings.
The company said the silicon panels are manufactured on silicon-based semiconductors and therefore offer the lowest thermal conductivity and heat generation efficiency compared to traditional silicon, as well as the highest output power.
The technology is currently being applied in solar thermal systems in solar-based applications, such as energy-efficient solar photovoltaic cells.
Intel’s solar module is currently used in solar panel arrays, and the company is working to integrate solar PV panels into other types of energy storage systems, the firm said.
Google and Intel’s panels use the silicon-accelerated technology to accelerate heat transfer from the silicon to the solar wafer, so that the wafer can continue to produce heat for cooling.
The heat can be directed into the solar panel via a small hole in the wafings’ sides.
The panels are also designed to heat water or other materials with a very low thermal conductance, making them ideal for solar thermal applications.
Intel and Google are working together to bring the technology to commercial markets, and are working on a prototype for an indoor solar thermal system, the technology’s inventor, Andrew Rambault, said in a statement.
Google is working on an indoor installation of the solar module, Rambaut said.
Intel and Google have been collaborating on the solar modules since 2011, and it is possible that Intel and the companies will eventually work together to produce solar thermal modules for commercial use.