Skip to comments.Russians Harness Star Power In New Battery
Posted on 06/05/2006 2:10:20 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy
Russian scientists have invented a battery that can capture energy not only from the sun, but also from the stars, the head of a research institute at the Dubna Nuclear Institute, near Moscow, said on Thursday. "The scientists have successfully created a new substance," Valentin Samoilov announced, "thanks to which this battery can work on earth, independently of meteorological conditions, using solar and stellar energy.
"This is a battery like no other", Samoilov, who head's the Institute's center for applied research, told the Itar-Tass news agency, explaining that it could function 24 hours a day and was twice as effective as an ordinary solar panel at converting light into electricity.
Moreover, Samoilov declared, the new battery was cheaper than a solar panel.
If it sounds too good to be true, then.............
"We will bury all other batteries."
Believe it or not, I think a story about this has already been posted on FR, but it is probably hard to find. And not worth looking for, because this "is it a battery? is it a solar cell?" piece of crap story is, well, a piece of crap story. :')
The Ruskies are getting wierd now.
They were the first to discover more stuff than Al Gore. ;')
Ah, yes. Looks like more info has dribbled down on that thread. That was thread was one of my sources and why I decided to post here due to lack of anything meaningful on that thread. Thanks.
The amount of stellar energy reaching us at night is such a tiny fraction of the nearest stellar source (the sun) that even a photovoltaic panel of twice the usual efficiency wouldn't operate a transistor radio.The human eye is logarithic and thus adjusts to a light level thousands of times less than brightest sunlight .The moon relects about 7% of the light striking it and only a fraction makes it way to earth. A full moon in a clear sky might provide detectable but hardly useful power.
"The Ruskies are getting wierd now"
They've been weird for nearly a hundred years ;)
Since 1917. Too much vodka, eh?
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