There is an increasing demand for solar panel technology and the demand for sound dampening, a process to reduce the volume of sound that can be generated from solar panels, according to a new study published in Energy and Environment.
The research, led by University of California, Berkeley professor Daniel H. Klein and published in the journal Energy & Environment, shows sound damping panels can generate more energy per watt of electricity produced than conventional panels.
“The amount of energy we’re getting from solar energy is increasing faster than our ability to generate more electricity, so the question is, ‘How much of that energy can we put into a panel?'”
Klein told CNN.
“What we’ve found is, if you look at the cost of energy that is generated by solar panels versus a traditional panel, they’re roughly equal.
In some cases, the cost is more than 50 percent lower.
So we’re looking at energy that we could get from a conventional panel versus a solar panel that we can’t get from solar.”
Klein said the research found sound dampeners have “the potential to reduce energy costs significantly” compared to conventional panels and may also improve battery life.
He said a solar power panel will still have to be placed on a roof and the panels have to generate at least 75 percent of the energy they use in order to produce electricity.
“But the sound dampener will also provide some of that cost savings,” Klein said.
The study found that sound dampers are the cheapest way to generate energy and it is possible to get them for less than $100,000 per watt.
The researchers estimated that the energy savings from solar panel sound dampens are comparable to the energy saving from the installation of a wind turbine or solar thermal power plant.
Klein has previously shown how solar panels generate energy by using solar radiation to generate electrical energy.
The technology has been used to generate about half of all electricity produced in the United States, and it will continue to increase in the coming years, Klein said, adding that solar panels could be installed in homes by 2035.
The solar energy system was used in a pilot project to provide electricity to households in Portland, Oregon, in 2019.
The cost of solar panels has increased dramatically in the past decade, but they still only generate about 15 percent of electricity used in the US.