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How to Harness the Power of 70,000 Suns

IEEE Spectrum -- Stacked solar cells are already the most efficient solar cells available, but researchers at North Carolina State University have found a technique to boost the cells' effectiveness even further.

The electrical engineering team from NC State focused on the connection junctions between the layers of the stacked cells, also known as multi-junction cells. The research appeared in a paper published in the online September 5 issue of Applied Physics Letters.

Stacked solar consists of layers of cells that can capture a larger portion of the solar spectrum because photons not absorbed by the first cell are transmitted to the second and sometimes third cell, where some of the remaining solar radiation is then absorbed.



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Submitted Sep 08, 2013 By: BurntOrange
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Thanks for posting.
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Very interesting!
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 2:50:07 PM

Great ideas. If the government created opportunities for homeowners to install solar and sell excess power back to the utilities like Germany, it may reduce the chances of brown outs in the future.
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very nice.
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COOL
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This is good.
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ok
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:25:00 AM

Lets see if it works in reality not just on paper.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:22:03 AM

One wonders how soon this could be implemented.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:18:19 AM

Interesting, but is it commercially adaptable?
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Fascinating...
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Calling all venture capitalists.
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Okay.
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OLD NEWS
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Making every photon count...
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old news
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:13:26 AM

Another Green Energy article. It sounds like this one contridicts the last one and says there is a bright future. . .
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Great
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:12:51 AM

this is a good step for actually making something of solar power.
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Old News
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Interesting.
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Nice! Thanks for the information.
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Good to know.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:09:32 AM

- Very Interesting . . . .


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I have a bridge to sell.
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Its another pipe dream
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old
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Old news.
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Wake up...

We can't Afford it...
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Pretty tough problem to tackle
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:05:58 AM

Even efficient solar cells will only provide a small percentage of our power needs. There simply isn't enough real estate available to install enough to make a dent in overall power generation. If they could install solar panels on the rooftop of an office building that would power the entire building, they would have something.
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good news! keep it coming! new inventions.
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Okay.
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Sounds good.
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Interesting but still too costly for many years
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can we put it on the grid
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And yet any solar out today costs so much too buy and install that it won't pay for itself in decades. I will be retired before this new tech comes available at any reasonable cost.
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ok
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So, what happens to the photons that get away? Do fireflies eat them?
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Sounds cool.
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COOL!
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sounds great!!!
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Keep it up!
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That's good.
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Excellent. Improving on current technology.
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 11:50:00 PM

It's and interesting discovery that may be economically viable one day.
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COOL!
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Sounds like a good design for more energy.
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Ok.
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Great research and interesting...every little breakthrough can add up
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Interesting idea
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