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Another form of solar energy might be viable soon

Another form of solar energy might be viable soon

This was published a couple of weeks ago:
http://www.energyharvestingjournal.com/articles/nanoscale-antennas-boost...

It looks like they might have a solution to the most difficult problem making the nano-antennas work - getting the rectifiers to operate at a high enough frequency to convert the energy to DC voltage. At potentially 70% efficient and I believe (from reading another article on the subject) also the ability to draw from the infra-red portion of the spectrum could make this the ideal "solar panel" since it would also work at night as objects radiate heat back.

GeekEV | March 12, 2013

While it does sound intreaquing, saying it might be available soon seems like a bit of a stretch. If I've read the article properly, it's little more than a theory at this time.

GeekEV | March 12, 2013

...intriguing...

Brian H | March 12, 2013

Could theoretically produce 2.5X as much energy from a given surface as existing panels. That does not solve the "large system" distribution and storage issues, of course.

lph | March 12, 2013

I was thinking as always in geologic time ;-)