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12 yr old revolutionizes solar cells
katu.com ^ | Sep 15, 2008 | Susan Harding

Posted on 09/18/2008 10:25:13 AM PDT by pollwatcher

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To: AFreeBird
""When I was 12 I invented a universal solvent. The problem was that there was no container to hold it! "" "OMG - so you just let it eat through the Earth?" I quess that explains this.
61 posted on 09/18/2008 11:15:53 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the hippies.)
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To: babble-on
well, the article is so vague on the science its very hard to tell what its trying to describe

the reporter cannot explain that which he doesn't understand to begin with........

62 posted on 09/18/2008 11:18:02 AM PDT by tioga (Goodbye ugly pantsuits, hello sexy specs! Vote McCain/Palin 2008!)
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To: Darth Hillary

It may be sound in the sense of capturing the otherwise wasted rays but I would think the production cost would be so much higher it would drive the price/per watt sky high. No doubt why the concept isn’t already used. But I haven’t read the articles; maybe there is something more to it.


63 posted on 09/18/2008 11:19:58 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
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To: pollwatcher
solar panels with his 3D cells would provide 500 times more light absorption than commercially-available solar cells

To have 500 times more absorption would mean the existing solar cells are less than 1/5 of one percent efficient.

Far from true.

64 posted on 09/18/2008 11:20:57 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: RC2
average person? while i totally agree with the rest of your post, this kids IQ and ability seem to be anything but average. probably about double the average or so.

although i kinda wish he would go into medicine or engineering rather than renewable energy. but i guess in todays world, that's the way to go.

65 posted on 09/18/2008 11:21:34 AM PDT by thefactor (contributing nothing of value to threads since 2001...)
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To: thefactor

William invented a novel solar panel that enables light absorption from visible to
ultraviolet light. He designed carbon nanotubes to overcome the barriers of electron
movement, doubling the light-electricity conversion efficiency. William also developed a
model for solar towers and a computer program to simulate and optimize the tower
parameters. His optimized design provides 500 times more light absorption than
commercially-available solar cells and nine times more than the cutting-edge, threedimensional
solar cell.

More confusing, in my opinion.
66 posted on 09/18/2008 11:22:00 AM PDT by js1138
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To: Ribeye

LOL

I think summer ended yesterday.....it sure was nice while it lasted...


67 posted on 09/18/2008 11:22:02 AM PDT by Aria ("An America that could elect Sarah Palin might still save itself." Vin Suprynowicz)
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To: pollwatcher

I know nothing of this young man’s research, however there is no doubt that viable solar is the end game for energy long term. It will take harnessing just 1/10000th of the energy the sun delivers to the earth to provide for the global energy needs for the foreseeable future.

When we manage to finally have a viable solar cell for conversion and viable storage of it for those times when the sun isn’t shining, to achieve this, that is the day that fossile fuels will be relegated to fringe and nitch energy sources.


68 posted on 09/18/2008 11:22:15 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Hacklehead
That was YOU?

You've been a bad boy.

69 posted on 09/18/2008 11:22:41 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: arrogantsob

“Another “Government School” doofus so roundly condemned by some around here.”

Do you really want to credit public education with this childs genius? Then you must accept responsiblity for the rest of the failures of the same system; something which the educators have been able to avoid at all costs.


70 posted on 09/18/2008 11:23:13 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: Red_Devil 232

“Yep! At 12 I was more interested in which type of playing card would make the most noise on the spokes of my bike!”

At 12 I was more interested in hot rods and drove my first rail @ Santa Ana and went 124mph which really wasn’t all that slow in 1949.


71 posted on 09/18/2008 11:24:40 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: pollwatcher

I know nothing of this young man’s research, however there is no doubt that viable solar is the end game for energy long term. It will take harnessing just 1/10000th of the energy the sun delivers to the earth to provide for the global energy needs for the foreseeable future.

When we manage to finally have a viable solar cell for conversion and viable storage of it for those times when the sun isn’t shining, to achieve this, that is the day that fossile fuels will be relegated to fringe and nitch energy sources.


72 posted on 09/18/2008 11:25:38 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Aria

I live in Michigan and that is an understatement.


73 posted on 09/18/2008 11:30:51 AM PDT by 70th Division (If we lose the Republic we have lost it all.)
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To: Ancient Drive
all those millions..billions of dollars spent on this kind of research, and they get smacked by a 12 yr. old... lmao

No, the American Taxpayer got smacked! Proof once again that the government could fund anything and all they ever have to show from it is a steaming pile of dog sh!t...that cost them 100's of millions of dollars!

74 posted on 09/18/2008 11:33:05 AM PDT by Bommer (Who was Obama's diction coach? Bevis or Butthead? Uhhhhhh.....)
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To: mc6809e

“...maybe the cells are capturing light that has been scattered...”

I get the impression that it’s reflected light. Think for a second - years ago when houses were lit by candles, they used to put a mirror behind them to double the light (you see two candles - without the mirror, what hit the wall was essentially wasted).

Similarly - if you make the cells “3D”, so that light reflected from one cell’s surface hits another cell, you’ve captured some of the wasted sunlight. Taking that to the extreme - if you can see the cell, the light coming into your eyes is wasted energy! So bounce the light as many times as you can, and collect the photons...


75 posted on 09/18/2008 11:36:28 AM PDT by HeadOn (So when do "I" get to be rich? I'm waiting...)
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To: js1138
"doubling the light-electricity conversion efficiency."

that is what you were talking about with the 20% if i am correct. so double that to 40%.

"His optimized design provides 500 times more light absorption than commercially-available solar cells and nine times more than the cutting-edge, threedimensional solar cell."

the 500 times and 9 times seems to be in regards to light absorbtion. as in the amount of light the collector can actually catch, not how much it can then convert to electricity. that is how i am reading this.

76 posted on 09/18/2008 11:41:43 AM PDT by thefactor (contributing nothing of value to threads since 2001...)
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To: pollwatcher

From what I can tell, he doesn’t have a working model, just theory


77 posted on 09/18/2008 11:43:59 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Ken H

Well, then, that certainly explains the mysterious splotches on my car’s paint job...


78 posted on 09/18/2008 11:46:29 AM PDT by Zeppo (Every mighty mild... seventies child... Beats me (Metric - Combat Baby))
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To: reagan_fanatic
12 years old - wow. And to think when I was his age, the most important thing was getting home from school in time to watch Spiderman.

Just as the NEA and media have it all planned out.

79 posted on 09/18/2008 11:49:31 AM PDT by fella (.He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough." Pv.28:19')
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To: mrsmith

If he copied, or stole, (or “Biden-ed”) the idea, then the prize money committee should take some of the, uh, heat too.


80 posted on 09/18/2008 11:51:09 AM PDT by pollwatcher (Palin was put on this earth to do two things: kill caribou and kick butt. She's all out of caribou.")
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