An excellent renewable energy source that can escalate the exploration of its potential is solar technology.
Initially, the Department of Materials Design and Innovation at the University at Buffalo partnered with Niagara Share and Clean Production Action (CPA) to establish the Collaboratory for a Regenerative Economy (CoRE). This initiative appreciates the value created in upgrading clean energy technologies to suppress climate change problems. Nevertheless, the leaders overseeing this initiative have outlined that the success of its strategies is dependent on implementing solutions that minimize the utilization of toxic and reactive chemicals and minimization of non-degradable materials from interfering with the progress of the economy.
In other projects, the problem of toxicity and environmental pollution usually emerges as an afterthought. Still, this program delves into the mitigation of these problems to cushion the program against future discrepancies and inefficiency. The initiative seeks to address the issue of over 70 million waste solar panels entering the landfills in the next three decades.
Experts leading the resolution of these problems are considering the development of solar panels with the manufacturers keeping in mind the environmental impacts of developing counterfeit products.
Recent studies by CoRE under the transition to clean energy strategies articulates that the retraction of the chemical products from the supply chain and manufacturing line, the application of automated technologies in developing lead-free solar PV panels, and the utilization of big data tools to enumerate the safer solvents that can substitute the toxic ones are the ideal solutions that can help progress the industry.
Solar energy and other renewables rely on toxic chemicals to minimize their electricity costs and engineer efficiency. Most of the chemicals that these energy technologies utilize have life-threatening impacts and negative environmental problems. For instance, solar energy technology depends on the lead used in the development of solar cells, among other toxic chemicals in the development of its resources. Exposure to these compounds can degrade the physiological and chemical activities taking place in the bodies of the workers.
Finally, the technocrats in the renewable energy industry can utilize big data tools and artificial intelligence to explore less toxic alternatives that will suppress the problems in the industry. For instance, instead of utilizing lead solar panels, they can substitute them with perovskite-based solar panels.