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MIT Research Could Dramatically Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

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William K.
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Re: Breaking the theoretical barrier
William K.   5/29/2013 10:12:38 AM
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Elizabeth, my point was intended to be that a lot of press release type announcements tend to deliver the impression that whatever has been discovered will be available on store shelves in a few weeks, and that this may lead to a whole lot of unreasonable conclusions by many of those who are able to speak very well but posess less technical insight than the averag stone wall or gate post. (pardon the antique analogy.) The overall effect on the technically illiterate general populace is a bit negative, in that as a matter of course, the great expectations are underfulfilled. That in turn leaves room for all kinds of false product representations.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   5/30/2013 4:40:10 AM
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Thanks for clarifying that, William. I completely see what you're saying and it's true, a lot of the research happening will be in the lab for a long time before it ever makes it out there commercially, if it ever does at all! So your point is completely valid and I hope you don't think I was discounting it. I usually try to clarify this in stories I write so if I wasn't clear in this one, my apologies!

William K.
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William K.   5/30/2013 4:34:16 PM
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OK, Elizabeth. The big concern of mine is all of those people who have no clue as to all that must happen to make some scientific discovery into a worthwhile product. They tend to blame engineers for not being able to produce instant miracles on demand. If I were that good, I would certainly be very rich indeed. But I am not.

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Mydesign   5/31/2013 4:00:23 AM
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"this bodes well for the future production of more efficient and powerful solar panels. There is a lot of other research in this area that also could provide similar results."

Elizabeth, what are the other types of researches happening in solar energy harvesting?

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   5/31/2014 12:27:22 AM
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MIT is now looking at incorporating graphene into the mix, which would dramatically improve electron loss, making them more efficient. They would also be able to grab power from more of the sun's spectrum besides infrared.

Mydesign
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Mydesign   6/3/2014 7:41:24 AM
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"MIT is now looking at incorporating graphene into the mix, which would dramatically improve electron loss, making them more efficient. They would also be able to grab power from more of the sun's spectrum besides infrared."

Cabe, that means efficiency can be increased. that's a great news.

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