When it comes to solar power, it has always been a choice of tapping the sun’s heat or light to produce energy – never both at the same time. But that may change now that scientists from Stanford University have created a new technology able to trap both forms of radiation simultaneously. According to Popsci.com, Stanford researchers coated semiconducting solar cells with cesium and found when heated to very hot temperatures, their new technology could reach 60 percent efficiency. Since it only requires 30 percent efficiency for solar power to reach a cost competitive with other forms of generation, time will tell whether this new breakthrough brings to solar power sunny days ahead!
October 25, 2013 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.