PEL Associates is developing
novel photovoltaic technology applications for solar cells to provide clean
alternative energy sources. Intelligent grid sensors are being developed to
prevent blackouts, reduce downtime, and frequency of interruptions, and provide enhanced rate of
restart. These products take advantage of the unique and flexible features of our smart
micro sensors and smart renewable coatings adapted to particular end use.
Current solar cells need enhanced efficiency and lower cost which may be
achieved via our novel tailored nano sensor designs. Our solar cell/sensor systems offer advantages in
various applications including: 1) printable/coatable systems for laminates to
cell phone or laptop, or 2) solar coatings on auto for fuel saving, and 3)
painted building tiles, vehicles, or billboards. Systems such as these offer
clean energy and can eventually be connected to the power grid. Soon solar
energy will compete with coal, wind, and nuclear power.
PEL smart micro sensor and coating array technology can
provide self healing fault detection,
and self optimization of voltage, current, and power. Advantages
include: efficiency of operation, decreased downtime, enhanced safety of operation, with
improved profit margins. DOE is currently considering further activity in
this important area.