Gallery: New Solar Material Captures Entire Spectrum of the Rainbow

 

Scientists at the Ohio State Institute for Materials Research recently announced that they have developed a new hyper-efficient solar material that is able to capture light from every spectrum of the rainbow. Whereas most photovoltaics are limited to collecting energy from a small range of frequencies, the new material is able to absorb energy from all spectrums of visible light at once. The breakthrough development heralds a new breed of extremely efficient solar panels on the horizon.

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  1. jandhal October 23, 2008 at 12:38 am

    is this for real? i recall an april fools posting of same photo, same idea
    that was a joke

  2. lewis October 21, 2008 at 5:42 am

    I wonder why its just the visible spectrum? Surely the panels dont care whether or not we humans can see the light that they’re converting into energy.

  3. Steve N. Lee October 21, 2008 at 2:41 am

    This is great news. Okay, so it’ll be years before you can get one of these on your roof, but at least we know the technology is viable and that it’s a vast improvement over what we have today.

    Plus, such breakthroughs have a knock-on effect – other researchers realise that things they might not have thought possible, indeed are, so it takes other projects in new directions. People building on other people’s ideas in how we’re going to crack sustainability. It’s not going to be one invention, by one guy, but a concerted effort around the globe with people working together, sparking off each other, taking current research in whole new directions. The next few years is going to be a very exciting time for alternative energy as it finally seems to be coming of age with breakthroughs such as this seeming to feature in the press almost weekly.

    Let’s hope that estimation of ‘several’ years to commercial availability is a very, very conservative estimate.
    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog http://www.lionsledbysheep.com
    and suspense thriller ‘What if…?’ http://www.steve-n-lee.com

  4. PaTrond October 20, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Nice, only question I have is how long can I expect a panel to last before it wont capure energy anymore.

  5. Fair Trade October 20, 2008 at 5:52 am

    I’d love to see the results of a comparison of the panels that are currently available – it would be good to move away from so much news about what’s going to be available to what is available…

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