Tesla STEM High SchoolClass of 2024Sammamish, Washington
AboutHello, my name is Divij, and my Polygence project is on the factors affecting the efficiency of solar panels. I chose to work on this project because I was very interested when I learned about solar energy in my AP Environmental Science class. After my project is complete, I would like to continue my work and dive deeper into some of the specific solutions I research and come up with ideas to improve the solar panels that are used today.
- "A Bright Future: Solar Panels in the United States and the Factors That Impact Their Efficiency" with mentor Sara (Sept. 12, 2022)
A Bright Future: Solar Panels in the United States and the Factors That Impact Their Efficiency
Started Mar. 16, 2022
Abstract or project description
Currently, solar cell technology relies on multiple factors for high efficiency. Within the United States, the transition from non-renewable to renewable energy is focused on implementing solar panels and farms throughout the country. It is vital that we include solar energy in our path to a fully renewable energy system. However, the question of the optimal construction and location of a solar panel remains unanswered. Here we provide a basic understanding of how solar panels work in terms most non-scientists would be able to understand. We discuss some of the factors under consideration when determining the location of a solar panel. With the goal of maximizing efficiency, we expand on calculations that are used in the field as well as the development of new materials to make solar panels more effective. Afterward, comparisons are drawn between different solar panels and locations for them in the United States. We show how the aforementioned factors affect efficiency in the real world yet still allow for solar panels to be feasible for an average income. Finally, the paper presents some techno-economic analysis illustrating the potential for long-term cost savings upon switching to solar.