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Self-cleaning solar panels field-tested on Mars
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 17:52

From C/Net news

Cleaning an array of thousands of solar panels could be done with a mini shock wave, rather than manually washing each one, according to a researcher.

 



Boston University professor Malay Mazumder on Monday offered details about a material that can be used to enable automatic cleaning of solar photovoltaic panels, in a presentation at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.

Keeping solar panels clean is serious concern, particularly for large-scale solar PV farms in dusty desert areas. The build-up of dust and particulate air pollutants blocks the sun and can significantly decrease the output of solar panels.

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