Grit and grime can cut solar panels’ feedback up to 35% in fixed areas of the world, a new paper reports.
Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but higher to the point, it’s just good business. That’s according to the results of a new research led by Duke University professor of engineering Michael Bergin, who focus on the impact of dust and other types of air pollutants have on the output of solar panels. The findings present the accumulation of airborne particles (both in the shape of dust and anthropic pollution) on solar cells can grind their output down by more than 24% in certain regions. The most affected countries are also those who are investing rapidly in solar energy, such as China, India, and countries in the Arabian Peninsula etc .