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The New Breakthrough Solar Power Game-charger!

2014-11-29 05:05  
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Since the Solar power was been introduced decades ago, it has going through a rapid changes, especially in last few years when there are many experiments has been carried out on it.

According to the latest news from a group of researchers at Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute, they’ve discovered and demonstrated a new method for overcoming two major hurdles facing solar energy. By developing a new antireflective coating, it will help to boost the amount of sunlight captured by solar panels and allows those panels to absorb the entire solar spectrum from any angle!

The research team decided to move academia and industry closer to realizing high-efficiency and cost-effective solar power.

“If you want to get maximum efficiency when converting solar power into electricity, you want a solar panel that can absorb almost every single photon of light, regardless of the sun’s position in the sky,” said Shawn-Yu Lin, professor of physics at Rensselaer who led the research project!

For your information, those untreated silicon solar cell can only absorb 67.4 percent of sunlight, which means nearly one-third of the sunlight is reflected away and it’s truly a waste. If the silicon surface was treated with nanoengineered reflective coating, the material will absorb up to 96.21 percent of sunlight shone upon it, where there is less than 3.8 percent of sunlight was reflected and remaining unharvested.

Although this reflective coating still in the early stage, but Professor Lin was confident enough that this technology will be a new breakthrough to the old type solar panel, once its finish the last experiment phase in near future!

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