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Could photovoltaics hit 50% efficiency? Spectrolab in Sylmar, CA is gunning for it with a record high 40.7% conversion rate from their latest solar cell. Spectrolab's solar panels are similar to levitra for daily use those from Soliant Energy, concentrating light onto solar cells using mirrors and lenses. However, Spectrolab goes beyond the buy xanax online typical silicon based solar cell: theirs have three layers of semiconductors, each capturing different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Though this idea is not completely new - layered solar cells are used in space already - in the past these layers could only be made using a limited number of semiconductor materials. Now, Spectrolab has developed the use of "metamorphic" materials, allowing them to explore new structural possibilities and ramp up the efficiency of their cells.

...device designers have until recently employed only a limited repertoire of semiconductors, such as germanium and gallium arsenide, which form similar crystal structures. Metamorphic materials provide flexibility by throwing off this structural constraint, employing a wide range of materials, including those with mismatched structures. "The parameter space you can explore using mismatch opens up a whole world of possibilities," says NREL principal scientist Sarah Kurtz.

Since the use of metamorphic materials is cialis headaches new, there still is a lot of potential left. Let's hope we see those results soon, so that we can all enjoy more energy and smaller solar panels.

via Technology Review

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written by a, June 24, 2007
Soliant doesn't make solar cells; they use cells from Spectrolab.
written by mbnv, September 30, 2007
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Are we going to see thise panels in the
written by Maurizio yuraku, February 18, 2008
I hope so! We must stop climate change! smilies/smiley.gif

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