Researchers at the University of Auvergne, France, have generated evolutionary algorithms to achieve greater levels of optimization for solar energy using #artificialintelligence (AI). The class of algorithms that they used, called differential evolution (DE), has proven particularly successful for optimizing photonic structure of a nanoscale-size coating. http://bit.ly/2KODUxN
This #innovation is based on the concept of thinner coatings as being potentially better at letting light through. In this AI-based approach, the researchers aim to manufacture a thinner anti-reflective (AR) coating, which can be used to maximize the light available to #photovoltaic#solarpanels. This technique optimises the pattern and structure of an anti-reflective coating based on its thickness by applying a biologically inspired AI algorithm to the design process. The overall goal is to refract the incoming light at a wide range of frequencies and angles.
The most important benefits of this research could be in applying anti-reflective (AR) coatings to the silicon in #photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, making them even more cost-effective.
With such innovations, #India, can benefit immensely. The improvements can be at the nano level but the outcomes will be on a much larger scale.
The first demonstration of photovoltaic effect took place in the mid 19th century but it took more than a century for this discovery to come to fruition in the form of solar panels. Solar panels work on the principle of using the radiation of the sun to generate charge that can power a myriad…
With a burden heavy, their shoulders stoop, forcing them to look down and be looked down upon.
Burden heavy, not allowing them to eat. Burden heavy, not allowing them to fulfil their needs.
Yes, shackles of #poverty, a burden so heavy, hindering them from luxury of choice, luxury of #Independence.
But.. there’s a way to gift them what’s their own, their self-respect and esteem.
#Education. Education, which has an intrinsic and instrumental value.
This #IndependenceDay, #Amplus celebrates the idea of imparting education to attain Independence for all.
Amplus empowered the children of #Mirzapur by giving them stationery, #school kits, copies and bags to push their zeal for #academics to new heights.
#AmplusOpinion A new research by Purdue University aims to optimise farmland use for crops. To conduct the research, panels have been constructed in four rows across less than an acre of land in a field. #Solar#photovoltaic panels, of almost twice the height of a tractor, were installed. The intent was to generate electricity without inhibiting crop yield. The research will also look at manipulation of the shadows of the panels to identify an appropriate installation geometry and operating mode to optimise electricity production without compromising on agricultural produce, thereby introducing the concept of ‘#aglectric’ farming. http://bit.ly/2N8STWm
Along with this the #electricity produced by the photovoltaic modules is expected to be used for irrigation as well. The availability of the electricity locally on the farmland will enable local water management for irrigation as well as minimize pollution related to discharge of farmland water to nearby aquifers.
The success of this research will have a great impact on a #sustainable future, removing potential competition for land between food and energy.
Also, India being an agricultural country, it will also increase the quality of life of farmers, by giving them extra revenue from the electricity generated and increased efficiency of their lands.
#AmplusInnovation Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have built a software tool, DeepRoof, which can identify a roof’s #solarpower potential, while using widely available and cheap satellite data from tools like #Google#Earth. Their goal is to take a list of address or GPS coordinates from a contractor and hand back the solar power potential of those sites. http://bit.ly/2MkCvCy
Starting with Terrain Segmentation to determine whether there is a structure, shadows, or rooftops, the researchers noted that identifying objects in an image at a pixel-level, is referred to as semantic segmentation. This is followed by looking at the individual shapes and directions these pieces face, in the Topology Estimation portion of the process. Making use of the publicly available solar insolation data, they combine the shapes of the buildings to generate an algorithm that outputs the overall number of panels that fits the roof. This makes it easy to automatically determine the install #capacity by multiplying the total number of panels with the rated power output per panel.