What do you imagine when you envision the world 50 years from now? Our phones may have an app that can teleport us anywhere in the world. Surely we’ll have self driving cars by then, right? Hopefully we’ll have shifted to 100% solar and wind powered energy. When it comes to the future there are so many hypothetical possibilities that by the time you list them all out, 50 years will have already passed.
Many things will change, but one thing will be the same: Solablock! Researchers at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts did a study in which they forecasted the the average lifespan of a conventional rooftop solar unit compared to a Solablock unit. The results of the study were published by Solablock earlier this year in the report “Longevity Estimate for Solablock Solar Masonry Products”. Here are some of the findings of the report.
According to the report, one of the main reasons solar panels degenerate is due to high temperatures caused by their interaction with direct sun light. Conventional solar modules can maintain up to 80%-85% of its original output for up to 25-30 years, while Solablock can maintain 80% of it’s original output for up to 50 years. The study found that this is due to Solablock’s building components (concrete), and Solablock’s vertical integration system. Since vertical integration allows for Solablock modules to be placed on the sides of buildings, it keeps them out of direct sunlight. This allows Solablock modules to operate at a mean temperature of 36 degrees, which is 3-9 degrees cooler than that of rooftop solar. The concrete component creates a thermal mass, allowing modules to absorb and then transmit the heat into the block, instead of letting the module temperature climb further, which allows the modules to absorb and transmit more heat (according to the study around 9.44 watts of heat). In closing, the study found that Solablock modules could last up to 50 years while retaining 80-85% of it’s original output, nearly double that of normal solar panels. To read the study, click the link before.