A new brand of solar cells has been developed in Missouri that researchers are purporting is capable of absorbing much more of the spectrum of wavelengths that strike the earth. Normal cells are only able to convert around 20% of wavelengths into usable electricity; well these new ones increase that to 90%, purportedly.
Apparently the big change comes when utilising a thin, moldable sheet of small antennas called nantenna, that are able to absorb visible light as well as infrared by taking in and converting heat. This allows them to be used in industrial heat recycling and for solar designs.
Professor Pinhero who headed the research is attempting to move the technology [...]
Google has dumped $168 million into a new solar power facility that’ll be located in the Mojave desert in California. The project is known as the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), it’s a tower based solar plant which utilises mirrors to focus the sun’s rays onto a highly efficient solar receiver. This allows for a high concentration of light onto one location, cutting down on the number of solar panels and keeping costs down.
“We need smart capital to transform our energy sector and build a clean energy future,” said The Official Google Blog. “This is our largest investment to date, and we’ve now invested over $250 [...]