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One of the reasons that the solar power industry has yet to dominate the energy market is due to its relatively low efficiency. However, that could soon change with HyperSolar’s magnifying film, which can increase the efficiency of solar panels by up to 300%.

While the amount of the world’s solar power is expected to grow from 16 gigawatts to 1,800 gigawatts over the next 20 years, solar manufacturers are doing everything they can to make the technology as cheap and efficient as possible. In HyperSolar’s case, they are researching photonics, which is similar to microchip technology.

Instead of moving pieces of data around a super speeds, photonics magnifies and separates light spectrums, delivering them exactly where they’re needed to make an array of PV solar cells ultra-efficient. This optical layer has the potential to increase PV efficiency by up to 300%. Not only does this reduce the cost of solar arrays, but it allows companies to make their investment back much quicker. If the technology is embraced by the public, it has the potential to transform how solar power is used in the public domain.

With innovations like this, maybe the world can wean itself off its fossil fuel addiction, and maybe the US can meet its aim of being 100% renewable by 2040.

+ HyperSolar

via MNN.com

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  1. jed May 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Hm, this sound mighty similar to ANU’s latest creation
    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s3203925.htm
    What do ya’ll think?

  2. mirejo87 May 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Solar cells can only absorb a portion of the light spectrum…All the unused light in the spectrum creates the overheating in solar panels…

    The beauty of HyperSolar’s technology is that their film uses photonics and filters out the unused parts of the light spectrum to avoid overheating.

    No need for adding in coolant systems because the photonic layer from HyperSolar does the cooling already through filtering through only the used spectrum of light for absorption…

  3. dim May 10, 2011 at 10:46 am

    solar concentrators have been around as long as solar panels have been around. the advantage is that the concentrators are relitively cheap compared with the solar cells themselves. the problem is the heat. concentrators burn out delicate solar cells. it’s like starting a fire with a magnifying glass.
    whenever you hear about some new concentrator company you always have to look for inovation in cooling technology. that’s where the game is.
    there’s another company (can’t remember the name) that is using concentrators with combined solar power with solar thermal. it uses solar concentrators with solar cells and uses integrated coolant piping to cool the cells. The heated liquid is used to provide hot water and heat.

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