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High Efficiency Solar Cell breakthrough
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 @ 10:48:33 EST by vlad

Devices yru4 writes: From KeelyNet News: In a scientific breakthrough that has stunned the world, a team of South African scientists has developed a revolutionary new, highly efficient solar power technology that will enable homes to obtain all their electricity from the sun. The unique South African-developed solar panels will make it possible for houses to become completely self-sufficient for energy supplies. The panels are able to generate enough energy to run stoves, geysers, lights, TVs, fridges, computers - in short all the mod-cons of the modern house.

The new technology should be available in South Africa within a year and through a special converter, energy can be fed directly into the wiring of existing houses. New powerful storage units will allow energy storage to meet demands even in winter. The panels are so efficient they can operate through a Cape Town winter. while direct sunlight is ideal for high-energy generation, other daytime light also generates energy via the panels. A team of scientists led by University of Johannesburg (formerly Rand Afrikaans University) scientist Professor Vivian Alberts achieved the breakthrough after 10 years of research. The South African technology has now been patented across the world. International experts have admitted that nothing else comes close to the effectiveness of the South African invention. The South African solar panels consist of a thin layer of a unique metal alloy that converts light into energy. The photo-responsive alloy can operate on virtually all flexible surfaces, which means it could in future find a host of other applications. Alberts said the new panels are approximately five microns thick (a human hair is 20 microns thick) while the older silicon panels are 350 microns thick. the cost of the South African technology is a fraction of the less effective silicone solar panels.

Original Source: SA Solar Breakthrough
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As Much Hot Water As Your Need Or The Sun In Trap


A unique solar collector was developed by specialists of the Moscow “ALTEN” company under the guidance of Boris Kazandzhan, Professor, Doctor of Science (Engineering), Moscow Power Engineering Institute. Originality of the novelty lies in its extremely high efficiency. The collector not only manages to entrap the heat of solar beams falling on its surface, but also to utilize it to a great extent for direct purpose – for water heating.

Full story: http://www.physorg.com/news10814.html


 
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Re: High Efficiency Solar Cell breakthrough (Score: 1)
by malc on Sunday, February 19, 2006 @ 23:18:38 EST
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Sounds good but I'm intrigued by the term "New powerful storage units". No matter how energy is produced "for the home" be it solar/wind etc it is intermittent and some kind of storage is needed.  This would seem to be the achilles heel of efficient, acceptable and cost effective home generation.  So far it would seem we that in essence are supposed to use the national grid as the "battery".

NB an acceptable solution is one that does not require huge turbines in every garden visible from your neighbours bedroom window!



Re: High Efficiency Solar Cell breakthrough (Score: 1)
by calin on Monday, February 20, 2006 @ 14:42:17 EST
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Doesn't look like German company, IFE Solar Systems, is public company. Here is their contact info:

IFE Solar Systeme GmbH
Rosenstraße 41
26122 Oldenburg
http://www.ife-net.de [www.ife-net.de]







Re: High Efficiency Solar Cell breakthrough (Score: 1)
by garymunson on Thursday, May 03, 2007 @ 01:01:23 EDT
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Gee, what happened to these new 'High Efficiency' solar panels? It's been over a year.....Also the 'new powerful storage units'????????



Re: High Efficiency Solar Cell breakthrough (Score: 1)
by ignition05 on Sunday, February 06, 2011 @ 09:51:35 EST
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