Thursday, January 10, 2008

Incredible Solar Nanotech!

Nanoparticle Treatment for Photovoltaic Cells

A day or so ago, someone posted on the Yahoo board about the company Octillion. Well, it appears that this company is likely a fraud. See: Seekingalpha

However, their technology isn't. It's patented out of the University of Illinois.

"Existing solar panels are treated with an ultra thin film of silicon nanoparticles that convert unused UV light into usable visible light, which can then be converted into electrical energy through the established photovoltaic process."

See also: Science Daily

This is incredibly cool, and very well might be an efficient way to upgrade today's technology. They'll have to look carefully at the details, and decide whether it will truly be worth scaling up, but if it is, then watch out!

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