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New material for solar technology?

Blog Post created by john simpson on Nov 5, 2010

Taken from Softpedia
"New Transparent Material Can Absorb Light  Efficiently"


A new type of transparent material has been  produced in the United States, by a team of investigators at two national  laboratories. The experts say that the thin films could conceivably be used to  underlie the development of transparent solar panel technology. The thing about  these thin films is that they are perfectly capable of absorbing a lot of  sunlight over a large area. They then convert the energy of the elementary  particles making up light, called photons, into electricity. Scientists at the  US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and  Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) worked together to create this advanced  material. “Potentially, with future refinement of this technology, windows in a  home or office could generate solar power,” says LANL Chemistry Division  researcher Hsing-Lin Wang. The expert is a co-corresponding author of a new  research paper describing the material, which is published in the latest issue  of the scientific journal Chemistry of Materials.