Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Cool it

An interesting but simple piece of work at Stanford University is aimed at improving the efficiency of solar cells. The hotter they get, the less efficient they become at converting photons into electricity. The Stanford solution is to shunt away the heat. The concept is based on a thin, patterned silica material laid on top of a traditional solar cell. The material is transparent to the visible sunlight but absorbs and emits thermal radiation.

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