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December 21st, 2010

Is night falling on classic solar panels?

Abstract:
A new breed of electronic solar cells that harvests power from heat could double the output of conventional panels.
he key to these new devices is their ability to harvest infrared (IR) radiation, says Steven Novack, one of the pioneers of the technology at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. Nearly half of the available energy in the solar spectrum resides in the infrared band, and IR is re-emitted by the Earth's surface after the sun has gone down, meaning that the antennas can even capture some energy during the night.

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