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ELEKTRO 2/2019 was released on February 13th 2019. Its digital version will be available on March 11th 2019.

Topic: Electrical appliances – switching, protective, signalling and special

Main Article
Advanced power converter topology
Smart Cities (part 7)

SVĚTLO (Light) 1/2019 was released on February 4th 2019. Its digital version will be available on March 5th 2019.

Fairs and exhibitions
Invitation at LIGHT IN ARCHITECTURE exhibition
Prolight + Sound 2019: keep up with time
The light at For Arch 2018 fair

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Lights of towns and communities 2018 – the meeting at the round table

Shining more light on solar panels

23.10.2015 | Phys.org | www.phys.org

Solar panels are the beacon of renewable energy, yet they are not getting as much light as they could be. Joshua Pearce from Michigan Technological University and a team from Queen's University in Canada have found a way to get more sun to shine on the panels and crank up the output by 30 percent or more.

The research focused on the system rather than individual panels mostly because the current set up for ground-mounted solar panel arrays is "wasting space." The iconic flat-faced solar panels installed in large-scale utility solar farms are spaced apart to prevent shading. As the sun shines on a photovoltaic system, sending electricity into the grid, a fair amount of that potential energy is lost as the light hits the ground between rows of panels. The solution is simple: Fill the space with a reflector to bounce sunlight back onto the panels.

More effective solar panels

Because of the uncertainty with potential hot spots, using reflectors currently voids warranties for solar farm operators. For their solar panel work, Pearce's team created a bi-directional reflectance function model that could predict how much sunlight would bounce off a reflector and where it would shine on the array.

Read more at Phys.org

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