Getting lots of clean energy from the sun has long been enticing. But the high costs of solar power have prevented it from being widely used. Now comes word of new research conducted at MIT that may significantly help solar’s competitiveness. According to the Environmental News Network, researchers simply coated sheets of glass with a layer of organic paint that concentrates sunlight, and allows its energy to be captured by small solar cells located around the edge of the glass. The researchers think their system could be available within three years and if it delivers as promised, it could mean a sunny revolution in solar power energy.
August 19, 2008 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.