Measurement Of 'Hot' Electrons Could Have Solar Energy Payoff
Basic scientific curiosity paid off in unexpected ways when Rice University researchers investigating the fundamental physics of nanomaterials discovered a new technology that could dramatically improve solar energy panels.
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#1 May 7, 2011
A company in Colorado back in the late 1990's studied what was called "rectennas" for solar energy harvesting. They were able to determine that a rectanna could be built using standard silicon IC manufacturing equipment. The problem was the rectifying diode needed to be of such a design that it would be self biasing without using all the photons to turn on the diode. With this design, the diode will still be the sticking point, perhaps the nanotubes will help in the efficiency of the diode. Would solar flair events destroy the rectifying diodes?
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