Solar Power Stepping Forward
Posted by Jeff Id on August 3, 2010
I’m certain that solar power will be a functional replacement for home energy in the future. It’s not now, but soon it will be. We just need big generation and storage breakthroughs and we can chuck the coal out the window. The reality is that unlike biofuel lies, solar is a real future solution. We just need to wait a decade or two and we’ll be there. Check out the link.
ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2010) — A new process that simultaneously combines the light and heat of solar radiation to generate electricity could offer more than double the efficiency of existing solar cell technology, say the Stanford engineers who discovered it and proved that it works. The process, called “photon enhanced thermionic emission,” or PETE, could reduce the costs of solar energy production enough for it to compete with oil as an energy source.
“This is really a conceptual breakthrough, a new energy conversion process, not just a new material or a slightly different tweak,” said Nick Melosh, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, who led the research group. “It is actually something fundamentally different about how you can harvest energy.”