A new solar facility in Melbourne, Australia allows solar
energy collection from a wider color spectrum than solar cell currently in use,
according to Suntech Power Holdings and Swinburne University of Technology,
partners in a recently launched solar facility.
The Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility is a
collaborative venture between Suntech and Swinburne University to provide a
platform to commercialize nanoplasmonic solar cell technology (Nanoplas). "This
new Nanoplas technology will allow for the efficient collection of solar energy
from a wider color spectrum than cells currently being developed in other
laboratories," says Min Gu, director of the Swinburne Centre for
Micro-Photonics. "This could make solar cells twice as efficient as the current
generation of cells, which would also make them significantly less costly to
produce and therefore to use."
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