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EPA Grant Number: SU835299
Title: Increasing Photovoltaic Panel Power Output by Having the Solar Cells Track the Sun

One challenge to widespread use of solar power is how to increase the energy collected by photovoltaic panels. Southern Polytechnic State University students are designing a novel photovoltaic module that encases a group solar cells so that each one can separately track the sun without a motor. Their design may increase the amount of solar energy collected by 25 percent over existing systems and make solar power a more attractive and affordable energy option to homeowners and businesses.

Challenge Area(s): Built Environment, Energy

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