Solar Panel Applications in Building Insulation and Energy Conservation
This article is sponsored by Larson Electronics.
Solar Panels come with a plethora of benefits for homeowners. When installed on rooftops, the sustainable energy systems can double as robust insulators. During the summer, the panels can provide shade and protection from sunlight, while providing warmth during the winter season. This article dives into this unique solar panel applications on rooftops.
Measuring Insulation with Thermal Imaging
A study published by the University of California (San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering) provides information about the effectiveness of such applications. According to researchers, a facility can reduce temperatures by up to five degrees Fahrenheit, with a roof that is up to 80 percent covered with solar panels.
From a cost perspective, the authors of the report calculated that owners can save more than five percent on costs related to installation and maintenance – spread over the system’s lifetime. The more the panels are used in this manner, the more the business can save.
Cooling with Tilted Solar Panels
For residential homeowners and commercial businesses, there are several ways to promote cooling around PV panels. It is important to consider that during the day, the systems take most of the damage from the sun. Heat on the surface is cooled actively through natural wind circulation. Furthermore, reflective surfaces trap less heat and support cooling.
With this in mind, a gap between the panel and the surface of the rooftop can boost the cooling mechanisms of the PV unit. For rooftops that cannot cater to such features, titled panels are highly recommended.
Titled solar panels are efficient in both trapping sunlight (due to the angle of the panels) and cooling (due to the gap created from the tilted position). The best; and perhaps most reliable option, includes an automated tracker that adjusts the angle of the panels, based on the trajectory of the sun.