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Building solar voltaic cells from nanowires instead of standard metal conductors can increase the amount of energy that can be captured by a factor of 15, according to a new study by scientists from the Nano-Science Center in Denmark.



Nanowires have been researched for half a decade now... get er done already!

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I seriously need this technology to prosper, having all week 31C sunny days must have another purpose than elevating AC electric bills..
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The high power solar panels just seam more and more like vaporware frown.gif Actually getting that x15 improvement would be nothing short of revolutionary. Getting 1,5Kw instead of 100w from your basic solar panel would open up so many new possibilities.
    
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Power an entire house with 2 solar panels and have some to spare. The electric company is forced to buy electricity at the same price they sell it. So you would be making money.
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I seriously need this technology to prosper, having all week 31C sunny days must have another purpose than elevating AC electric bills..

Sure there is another purpose. Did you watch the CR game vs the US on Friday? The purpose of the 31C weather was so you could laugh at us in the USA for having to deal with that snow.
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The high power solar panels just seam more and more like vaporware frown.gif Actually getting that x15 improvement would be nothing short of revolutionary. Getting 1,5Kw instead of 100w from your basic solar panel would open up so many new possibilities.

Solar Panels are already 20% efficient. It's literally not possible to have a 15x improvement in power output, or it would means it would be sucking it far more power than the sun is depositing on its surface.

They must mean 15x improvement as in, 20->60->80->90->95 etc. Even then it's hard to believe. It sounds like a very misleading statistic, that's all I'm trying to say.
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Solar Panels are already 20% efficient. It's literally not possible to have a 15x improvement in power output, or it would means it would be sucking it far more power than the sun is depositing on its surface.

They must mean 15x improvement as in, 20->60->80->90->95 etc. Even then it's hard to believe. It sounds like a very misleading statistic, that's all I'm trying to say.


That's 20% of perpendicular light. The total amount of energy received at ground level from the sun at the zenith is 1004 watts per square meter. New designs do not only aim to widen the spectrum of captured light but also to make it possible to capture more omnidirectional rays. Basically having a lens that concentrates more surrounding light on to the cell.

Companies are also looking into integrating a second layer that would convert heat into electricity further increasing the W/m^2.
    
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That's 20% of perpendicular light. The total amount of energy received at ground level from the sun at the zenith is 1004 watts per square meter. New designs do not only aim to widen the spectrum of captured light but also to make it possible to capture more omnidirectional rays. Basically having a lens that concentrates more surrounding light on to the cell.

Companies are also looking into integrating a second layer that would convert heat into electricity further increasing the W/m^2.

They've been looking at that just as long. I wish solar would be sufficiently efficient but it really does seem like something less useful for powering the grid..and more useful for powering smaller draw sources.

Have to wonder though...just how efficient is photosynthesis though? Is there any way to replicate that for energy usage?
     
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Sure there is another purpose. Did you watch the CR game vs the US on Friday? The purpose of the 31C weather was so you could laugh at us in the USA for having to deal with that snow.

The level of snow was amazing..!

I've been in Costa Rica's beaches during summer without AC, all I can say is that neither extreme is pretty..
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