Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2023.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Maryam Khanbaghi


While solar power is one of the leading renewable energy sources today, current solar farms produce an amount of byproduct heat that is contributing to rising global temperatures and the deaths of many birds. Furthermore, solar panels that use water as a coolant through a sprinkler system use up a great amount of water that could be allocated somewhere else. Our project seeks to address both of these issues through a biomimetic design. Drawing inspiration from the ghost plant, our proposed solar panel cooling system is expected to reduce the amount of byproduct heat produced by panels, increase the overall efficiency of the panels, and reduce the amount of water used to achieve these goals.