Solar cell generates power from rain, could solve Britain’s energy needs
Solar energy panels that can also generate power from raindrops have been been designed, offering a possible solution for UK homeowners looking to invest in renewable energy.
The all-weather solar panels that can create electricity from light on sunny days and rain on cloudy days could be the perfect solution for the UK where on average it rains about 42 per cent of the year, equivalent to 33.7 inches of rainfall.
Currently solar panels generate the most energy on clear, sunny days, and produce 10 to 25 per cent less electricity on cloudy ones. Designed by researchers in China, the all-weather panels work in both.
In countries such as the UK, where sunny days are limited in number, the all-weather solar cells will be a viable renewable energy option.