Energy Focus Inc. delivered a 42.8 efficiency solar cell as part of the Very High Efficiency Solar Cell consortium (VHESC). The company contributed this development as part of the federal government's Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract. The highly efficient VHESC solar cell uses a novel lateral optical concentrating system that splits sunlight into three different energy bins in order to optimize absorption and conversion. The stationary VHESC optical system is capable of absorbing large amounts of light without using a complicated tracking device.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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