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90% efficient solar panels in the works

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Wed, Dec 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to PV Magazine, NovaSolix has proposed a carbon nanotube solar panel with the potential of 90% efficiency using a 1960 invention. It's all a theory right now, but the potential could mean cars that drive using solar power alone.

NovaSolix proposes a carbon nanotube based solar module which has the theoretical potential to reach 90% efficiency. The technology is based on a 1960s invention – the rectifying antenna (rectenna) – which is today used in radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. RFID tags capture the radio waves put out by scanners and power themselves. NovaSolix aims to take that ability of converting a different portion (non-visible) of the electromagnetic spectrum, and – using carbon nanotubes tuned to the sun’s full spectrum output – collect a much broader portion of the energy in our environment.

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