It goes without saying that solar energy has transformed into one of the most prominent forms of renewable energy that can be generated in today’s day-and-age. It’s easy to see why this is the case – the utilization of non-renewable sources of energy needs to stop sooner than later, which mandates the need for an energy source that is abundant and doesn’t hamper the environment. This is where the concept of solar energy comes into play, since it fits exactly into the description mentioned above.

The switch to solar energy is not an easy task in the slightest – after all, change is something that is always met with hesitation from the vast majority of people who are already pretty used to the energy sources that are already widespread in its usage. However, the energy industry has been hard at work trying to make renewable sources of energy the norm in the modern world, and the multiple solar and wind power plants that have been set up all over the world is proof of these unwavering efforts. In fact, there are several key innovations and trends in the realm of solar energy that will definitely make a strong case for you to go solar in 2018.

A switching solar window:

One of the major solar energy trends that have been talking over as of right now has to be the fairly new solar window that switches based on certain environmental conditions. This window has been developed in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and transforms from a clear hue to a tinted one in sunlight, and also manages to generate electricity as well. It’s easy to see why this technology would convince more and more people to go for a sizeable investment in solar energy, since the prospect of something so simple as a window generating electricity is enticing for more reasons than one.

 

Solar storage:

Now, we’re obviously not trying to say that storing solar rooftop energy is a new concept by any means – if anything, the entire crux of solar energy relies on the fact that the energy that is generated needs to be stored in some way or the other if you want to make the most of this technology. However, the manner of this storage can obviously be optimized – something that researchers in Australia have been hard at work to accomplish, and have managed to do so through a rather innovative solution. Basically, through the use of metallic-gold particles, these scientists were able to convert solar energy to methane and methanol. While there’s still a long way to go before this fuel can be mass-produced, this technology is still quite impressive as is. It’s certainly helps that this new form of storage will also help facilitate greater savings from solar technology.

 

Solar in a spray can:

One might think that even thinking about formulating a spray-on solar product might be a tad too much to handle, but the fact of the matter is that this technology is well on its way to become a reality in a few years. This bold claim was made by a British company, which stated that the spray-on product might even be able to rival silicone products in terms of its efficiency. The potential of making cars and any other product with a metallic surface into a source of power is simply too huge to ignore, and one can only wait with bated breath to witness the rise of this particular form of technology.

 

Stronger perovskites:

Most new solar energy technologies are based on a mineral called perovskite. Its crystalline structure allows for the seamless transformation of sunlight to energy, which will obviously go a long way in making solar energy the norm. However, one major problem when it comes to this mineral is that it’s extremely fragile, which limits its overall usefulness. To find a solution to this, a team at Stanford University has claimed that they have figured out a solution that will help strengthen the structure of these perovskites, which will help increase its overall applicability in the modern world.

There’s a reason why solar rooftop technology is witnessing such widespread adoption, and it’s only a matter of time before this technology becomes the norm when it comes to augmenting the current system of power and distribution – something that is in need of a dire overhaul.