21 Apr '11, 4pm

“Intense Magnification” Could Produce Solar Power without Solar Cells

“Intense Magnification” Could Produce Solar Power without Solar Cells

According to the Michigan team, a magnetic solar battery would involve far less engineering than conventional semiconductor-based solar cells require. The materials would also be relatively cheap, because the focusing lens could be made of glass or transparent ceramic. The leap from research paper to your neighborhood home improvement store is likely to be many years in the future, but there’s no need to wait around for cheap solar energy. The solar power industry is breaking one energy efficiency barrier after another, and cheap solar materials like aluminum are already in use. Even if the Michigan breakthrough never achieves commercial development, the price of solar energy is already competitive with natural gas and coal in some areas, so it looks like the era of fossil fuels is rapidly drawing to a close.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/04/21/intense-magnification...

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