Gallery: University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Dou...

Image Credit: Blake Coughenour
From the dish-shaped mirror, the sunlight reaches a glass ball, which distributes it evenly onto a solar array.

Inspired by old telescope technology and high-efficiency solar panels used in space, a small research team at the University of Arizona (UA) has developed a new “telescope solar panel” that doubles efficiency compared to standard photovoltaics. At the foundation of the design is a dish-shaped mirror (similar to those widely used in concentrated solar power plants), which increases the intensity of sunlight. The device concentrates photons (light particles), making more of them available for conversion into electricity in the solar cells.

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