“Solar for Snow” by Vagner – American Made Solar Prize Entry Ready!

“Solar for Snow” by Vagner – American Made Solar Prize Entry Ready!


Hi. We have designed the first solar panel optimized
specifically for snow. In our climate, we expect to lose 10-16% of
our annual power output due to snow. We’re not alone. But there’s currently no good solution. The recommended fix is just to wait. Other options are either really expensive,
primitive, or dangerous. We have a solution. Our unique solar panel combines high efficiency
solar cells with an all weather design. So it has a frameless front to shed snow naturally. It has a design that avoids losses to shading
and cracking. We’ve got a dark material to help with passive
heat. And it has a super efficient nanoparticle
heater to melt snow and ice. So this solar panel has everything it needs
to combat snow every efficiently. Karl is a scientist obsessed with solar, and
he has experience with manufacturing, prototyping, electronics, and software. Danielle is a designer with experience in
startups, business, and marketing. We have secured some awesome partnerships. Heliene, a Minnesota solar manufacturer, has
offered co-funding and prototyping facilities. Minnesota Power has a huge infrastructure
and matching funds. Ecolibrium 3 has agreed to be a connector,
and Electro Plastics Inc is providing the heating elements. We are the perfect team in the right location
with the best partners to make solar work for snow. Thank you.

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