07 Mar '12, 1pm

Tiny Silver Nano-Trees Pack Huge Solar Power Punch

Tiny Silver Nano-Trees Pack Huge Solar Power Punch

A team of researchers at the University of California, Davis has developed solar energy’s Next Big Thing: nanoscale silver filaments grown in a treelike pattern. Just as a tree’s leaves collect sunlight over a broad surface area relative to their trunks, the filaments of silver nano-trees would be able to collect solar energy over a broad surface area relative to their supporting structure. Though the grant supporting the research is only a modest $100,000, it could lead to a new low-cost method for fabricating highly efficient solar cells.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/07/tiny-silver-nano-tree...

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