Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Solar Panels Made by Nanotubes

I recently came across an interesting article regarding breaking research done on solar cells.

Researchers from Northwestern University (Mark Hersham, etal) have found that metallic carbon nanotubes can be used in conductivity applications in the solar cells. Currently, indium tin oxide is being used in solar panels, but its characteristics are limiting - it is mechanically brittle, which limits its use, and it is not as abundant as carbon. By using the nanotubes to replace indium tin oxide, this will increase the availability of solar power to such items as clothing, backpacks, tents, etc.

I believe that if this nanotube technology is implemented in solar panels, this will help spur even more growth in the solar energy sector and will prove Ray Kurzweil's (who predicted that technology is moving exponentially) prediction that we will become a 100% solar powered world. It looks as if we're on that path.

For more information:

Researchers use Carbon Nanotubes to make Solar Cells affordable, flexible

1 comment:

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