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As the world races towards the future of clean energy, solar panels are becoming common place. One of the largest problems faced is accumulated dirt and dust on the surface of these solar panels. Panels become covered in dirt and debris and no longer provide efficient output of solar energy. This problem is faced on earth and beyond the stars. For years, NASA has been trying to solve the issue of “dust” from mars or the moon settling on solar panels, lenses, and other surfaces. The regolith threatens the potential of human existence on the surface of the moon. The sharp edges are far more abrasive to human lungs if the particles are tracked in on equipment, suits, or shoes. As we extend our lunar exploration and attempt to establish a base on the moon, regolith removal will be key for human safety. Rover life spans have exceeded initial expectations, but nearly all face the same downfall. Their panels accumulate too much regolith for the solar rays to charge the rover.
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Kruth, Jeff and Combs, Mike, "S.P.A.R.C.S.- Solar Panel Acoustic Resonance Cleaning System" (2023). 2023 Celebration of Student Scholarship - Poster Presentations. 29.
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