May 26, 2020

Water-Cooled Solar Panel Design Wins Award for Detroit-Based Power Panel

Power Panel has been selected as one of 2012’s innovative building products manufacturers. As such it will display in the "Innovation Pavilion" at the ArchitectureBoston Expo November 14-16.  The Detroit-based solar panel manufacturer circulates water through the solar panel. This design collects thermal energy while actively cooling the PV cells, thus increasing electrical output. 80 percent of the sun's energy is captured, as compared to less than 20 percent for regular solar panels.  The thermal energy can be used for industrial or heating purposes.  The rating of their Power Panel PVT is 125 watts of electricity and 450 watts (1530 BTU/hr) of thermal output.

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Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum

Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

His environmental experience includes air...