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While the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) started in Scotland, the solar panels developed in France and reached the mass production stage are at the point of breaking new ground in sustainable energy.
Manufactured by Maxeon Solar Technologies, these panels are thinner than a pencil and half the weight of other rooftop solar panels. Thanks to this technology, commercial businesses and houses that cannot be installed with solar panels on their roofs due to excessive weight will be able to benefit from sustainable energy by using solar energy.
Solar panels are the easiest and least expensive to install among other sustainable energy systems. For this reason, many homes and businesses prefer electricity generation via solar panels instead of other systems.
Thanks to the electricity obtained from solar panels, 75 million barrels of oil and 35 million tons of carbon dioxide gas per year are prevented from entering the atmosphere.
Currently, there are solar panels on the market that are portable or can be attached to the wall of houses and are very thin, but this new product produced by French Maxeon, has a high electricity generation capacity in a minimum area and is the world’s thinnest solar panels in its field.
Many solar panels on the market currently produced cannot be installed on the roofs of factories, warehouses, workplaces and some houses, which have very heavy and wide roofs. These thin panels produced by Maxeon are capable of starting a new era in the field of generating electricity from solar energy.
Why do we need lighter solar panels?
The energy spent in houses and apartments, which are the living spaces of people, causes 28 percent of global warming in the world. In addition, solar panels cannot be installed on the roofs of at least 40 percent of commercial buildings due to their weight.
Lightweight solar panels are especially important in terms of being applied to commercial buildings such as factories, warehouses and workplaces. These new solar panels do not use metal frames and heavy glass surfaces. In addition, the adhesive system that does not require a shelf is another factor that reduces the weight considerably.
When all this is combined, a system that weighs 6 kilograms per square meter and is approximately 60 percent lighter than normal solar panels emerges.
According to research by Maxeon Solar Technologies, only the European market has at least one year of unoccupied market with lightweight roof systems waiting for solar panels to be installed.
The spokesperson of the company said in a statement that the new design they developed is largely advantageous due to the supply chain, distribution and rapid assembly.
“This new technology solar solar panels weight, volume, production and shipping costs are very low. Especially large companies and small business owners can reach their zero emission targets much faster thanks to these panels.
Maxeon solar panels are manufactured at its headquarters in Porcelette, France, on the Luxembourg-Germany border, and will fully enter the European Union market in 2022.
When were solar panels invented?
Solar panels were first discovered in the late 19th century. Photovoltaic energy was first discovered by French physicist Alexandre Edmond Becquerel.
With the discovery of the photovoltaic effect, which is the working principle of the solar cell, in 1839, Becquerel enabled the water used in the machines of that period to be heated and turned into water vapor. However, in the following years, Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect, which would enable the conversion of sunlight into electrical energy.
In 1893, for the first time, Charles Fritts coated selenium plates with a thin layer of gold. Thus, the first solar panel was made by Charles Fritts. This humble beginning back then led to the device we call the solar panel today.
American inventor Russel Ohl, who later worked at Bell Laboratories, invented and patented the world’s first silicon-based solar cell in 1941. Ohl then mass-produced a new solar panel with his company in 1954 using silicon.
IEA: Most of sustainable energy will come from solar panels in 2023
Solar panels found effective use in space applications for the first time. Many people were introduced to solar panels in their daily lives for the first time in the 1970s, through calculators.
Solar panels could have been developed in the 15th century by the Italian Leonardo da Vinci, one of the genius engineers of the renaissance period, but this idea remained in theory. Da Vinci had made some drawings to sculpt Duke Milan Ludovic Sforza by welding his bronze metal with the rays of the Sun.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that by 2023, the largest share in sustainable energy will belong to solar panels.
Today, tech giant Google uses solar panels at its headquarters in California for far-reaching purposes, such as powering the central system to all homes and commercial buildings in a 100 percent sustainable way.