It’s commonly known that traditional solar panels are only capable of absorbing about two-thirds of the sunlight that they’re exposed to. But researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, decided that wasn’t good enough – they wanted to make the panels way more efficient.
Their solution to this problem was to develop a reflective coating that can be applied to any solar panels that have been installed, and instantly your panels become 96.2% efficient. According to the design team, solar panels with a blue tinge are reflecting blue light back, so to make sure that the panels absorb more colors of solar spectrum, the panels have to be completely dark.
If you’re a solar panel owner and want to increase your solar absorption by 30%, this will be the way to do it.