The Impact Centre has successfully optimized and tested an anti-dust coating for Morgan Solar’s unique concentrated solar photovoltaic technology. Dust and debris can cause significant reduction in efficiency, and this new coating will ensure that Morgan Solar’s products continue to work to their full potential.
Morgan Solar’s Sun Simba™ Concentrated Photovoltaic module and Savanna™ dual-axis tracker offer higher yields, higher capacity factors and higher returns to project owners while reducing the technical complexity of solar installations.
The project, supported by NSERC Engage as well as OCE VIP1 grants, had three goals: to determine the best coating technique, test the application of various formulations of the coatings, and characterize the coatings in the lab and in the field. These objectives were completed through collaborations between our Impact Centre in-house scientists, the lab of Prof. Cynthia Goh in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, and Morgan Solar staff.
“The development of new coatings is a longstanding area of expertise for the Impact Centre,” said Prof. Cynthia Goh, director of the Impact Centre and professor in the Department of Chemistry. “It has been exciting to see our coating technology add value to Morgan Solar’s innovative products.”
“Working with the Impact Centre staff and scientists has been a great experience,” said Dr. André Labelle, senior scientist at Morgan Solar. “Their assistance in writing grants to leverage our investment, technical expertise, and project management ensured that the project was successfully delivered. The anti-dust coating successfully reduced soiling by up to 30% over more than 1-year exposure. The performance improvements we observed are significant and impactful for the PV industry.”
The Impact Centre is dedicated to solving technical challenges for innovative businesses by doing applied research that links to fundamental science. You can learn more about other projects and how we work by visiting http://www.impactcentre.ca/innovators/the-impact-centre-process/.
About Morgan Solar
Morgan Solar (http://morgansolar.com/) is a privately held, Canadian-owned company founded in 2007 that develops third-generation solar energy technologies with the objective of providing cheap alternatives for harvesting the Sun’s energy. Its various products leverage light-concentrating designs to produce high efficiencies using minimal active materials in compact, low profile form factors. The technology addresses everything from high output building facades to solar farms. By employing a low-cost approach in producing the concentrating optics, Morgan Solar creates a low-cost energy solution with a levelized cost-of-energy (LCOE) below that of competing flat-panel silicon modules.
About the Impact Centre
The Impact Centre (http://www.impactcentre.ca/, @ImpactUofT) is a research institute at the University of Toronto that strives to bring science to society through industry projects and partnerships, entrepreneurial companies, and unique training programs. We connect exceptional research, talent, innovative companies, and government to create products and services both for existing industry partners and as the basis for startups.
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