This is our 'once-in-a millennium' shift in technology; as researchers thirst for innovations; and will mold and shape our survival, far beyond the next decade...
Image: Solar-park near Seville (Spain)
And this from nextbigfuture:
Citing an article by Australian Institute of Physics who developed 'slice of bread width' sheets by placing them w/ nanoscopic metal particles. view.
"I think we are about three years from seeing plasmons in photovoltaic generation," says Catchpole, who has now started a new group studying surface plasmons at the Australian National University. "An important point about plasmonic solar cells is that they are applicable to any kind of solar cell." This includes the standard silicon or newer thin-film types. here.Reference: Journal reference: -1. K.R. Catchpole and A. Polman. Plasmonic Solar Cells. Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 6, December 22, 2008
-Adapted from materials provided by Optical Society of America, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
Researchers continue to evolve solar cell technology...
Materials Engineer John Rogers (University of Illinois) found a way to print this technology on 'film-like slices' of material... (cont. below)
View: The "See Through Solar Cells"
(Or BIG VIEW)
The video (above) depicts a panel material so lightweight, flexible, and transparent, that it will not only conserve on materials; it will greatly change transportability factors...
Expanding solar-cell use to solar fabrics and power generating windows!
(VIDEO) Meet the solar-powered sea slug!! BIG VIEW!
"Photosynthesis needs around 2,000 to 3,000 genes, and animals do not have many of the critical genes," says Manhart. So Manhart and his co-workers looked into how the plastids consumed by the slug can continue photosynthesizing... Read more.
Oh my gosh... Toyota developing solar powered green car.
-New wind turbine could dramatically increase generation efficiency.