Solar energy is growing in public use and support every year. It’s acclaimed across the world as a source of renewable energy that’s affordable and effective. Also, as a technology, solar energy is lighting the way to a future where the planet is cleaner and greener and one where many new jobs are created from one year to the next as a result of the renewable energy revolution. While solar power is certainly outstanding, it’s not the only emerging technology that holds immense transformational promise.
It’s no overstatement to say the greater adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to fundamentally transform life as we know it for this generation and forthcoming generations. Doing so in the same way the uptake of the personal computer from the 1980s onwards did for recent generations past. There’s considerable scope for solar power and AI to travel a shared path in many areas, with AI positioned to provide a number of fantastic enhancements to the solar sector in a variety of ways, and with some AI processes in fact already in use today.
Starting With Solar Panels
A key area where solar power and AI integration offers immense promise surrounds the solar panels themselves. Even solar systems that operate in locales with a high rate of average annual sunshine can still see a significant amount of available energy not acquired each day due to a less than ideal positioning of the panels relative to the sun.
Because many solar systems have static panels that will not change position at any time, ultimately—even when a system may have a good positioning such as a southerly facing in the Northern Hemisphere and a northerly facing in the Southern Hemisphere, that would see the panels receive a higher amount of sunshine daily relative to other facings—it still means a lot of optimal exposure to sunshine is missed out on by the panels.
Yet AI can help address this shortfall by using advanced tracking to more effectively position the panels. While a well-positioned solar system can be regarded as effective overall—still producing a very beneficial amount of solar—and alternatives such as a manual tracking system do exist, once equipped with an AI tracking system, a rooftop solar system could be seen to have made the shift from being a static piece of tech to one that’s truly smart.
Addressing Efficiency Issues
As well as the solar panels themselves, there are other parts of a solar system which…
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