Elon Musk Wants To Cover Your Roof In These Attractive Solar Panels

Submitted by: lalapancakes 1 year ago in Tech Science
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The halo effect is a characterization of the consumer’s behavior when they become faithful to a company through its different entities, like Apple is to Mac buyers. Tesla is branching out from cars and space and hoping to create a successful consumer halo effect in making energy efficient home building products, as well. Elon Musk recently announced Tesla’s latest creation in the energy storage market. Tesla will be selling solar panel cells that are also handsome looking shingles for housing roofs. Once again, Tesla is working to redefine tech.

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An excerpt from Tech Crunch:

In fact, Musk also said at the event that the roofs should far outlast the standard 20-year life cycle common for roofing materials used today — by as much as two or even three times. Fewer roof tile replacements means more value, provided that’s not already factored into his estimates of the up-front cost.

There’s also the possibility that the new tiles could become more efficient than existing solar panel options. Though in their current form, Musk says they achieve 98 percent of the efficiency of regular panels. He said that the company is working with 3M on coatings that could help light enter the panel and then refract within, letting it capture even more of the potential energy it carries to translate that into consumable power.

There are 9 comments:
Male 1,749
This does look promising but how long can you expect the panels to actually make electricity, as I understand most panels last about 10 years before they stop making enough power to be practical with a small decrease every year up to that. And the panels in the pictures don't cover the same as a tile roof, this incarnation would still require you to have a roof under the panels.
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Male 4,253
Ironically, they also put a ton of heat into the environment. There is a big ugly carbon footprint problem with manufacture and recycling (which hasn't even been addressed yet) among a host of other issues but I believe over time we will get it right if we can keep the government out of it.
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Male 1,249
Ugh. Of course there is...
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Male 48
Solar panel output degrades less than 1%/year - typically more like .5%/year. The 25-year standard solar panel warranty states that power output should not be less than 80% of rated power after 25 years. Some companies provide better warranties than that. See http://energyinformative.org/lifespan-solar-panels/ . At .5%/year degradation, output would still be about 88% of original after 25 years, 77% after 50. So, longevity of production is not a problem here.
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Male 525
With this kind of tech coming it won't be long before all new housing requires some form of solar panels. Some places already require sprinkler systems in new housing so this would be the next step.
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Male 8,685
So, do the Solar Panels spontaneously combust in a hail storm much like the Tesla does in a fender bender?
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Male 4,253
Interesting but there are a slew of environmental issues with solar panels that I don't see addressed in the article. They do look nice though. If I hadn't recently replace my roof I would sure look into it.
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