Solar panels as inexpensive as paint?

This would be nice, except this idea keeps surfacing every couple of years, and I’ve yet to see one actually become viable. – Anthony “Organic photovoltaics can be fabricated over large areas on rigid or flexible substrates potentially becoming as inexpensive as paint.” From the University of Buffalo – Most Americans want the U.S. to…

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Claim: solar cells that produce two electrons for every photon, resulting in over 100% quantum efficiency

From the I’ll believe it when I see it department comes this claim. From R&D magazine: Throughout decades of research on solar cells, one formula has been considered an absolute limit to the efficiency of such devices in converting sunlight into electricity: Called the Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit, it posits that the ultimate conversion efficiency can…

Solar power without silicon solar cells? New magnetic effect of light into insulators discovered.

‘We’ve all been taught that this doesn’t happen’ From the University of Michigan A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by University of Michigan researchers could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells. The researchers found a way to make an “optical battery,” said Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments…