Navigation Links
'Oscar Madison' approach to solar cells may outshine 'Felix Unger' design
Date:9/12/2011

In the race to enhance the efficiency of solar cells, spending the time and effort to get tiny nanowires to line up neatly on the top of ordinary silicon wafers may not be worth the effort.

An international team of researchers has for the first time demonstrated that random, haphazardly grown silicon nanowires can significantly boost the power-producing capabilities of solar cells by trapping a broad spectrum of light waves and capturing sunlight streaming in from a wide variety of angles.

The nanowires, which are wrapped in a shell of silicon oxide, serve as an antireflective coating on top of the usually shiny silicon wafer. The scraggly tangle captures light ranging in color from red to violet, and the random orientation of the wires means the coating would continue to absorb light even as the angle of the Sun changes throughout the day. The researchers fabricated the jumbled, yet effective, antireflective coating by vaporizing silicon powder and then depositing it on top of a silicon wafer.

The process, described in the AIPs new journal AIP Advances, is relatively inexpensive and could be scaled up for large manufacturing operations. For future work the team plans to create structures that are more ordered to test if the messy arrangement really is better.


'/>"/>

Contact: Catherine Meyers
cmeyers@aip.org
301-209-3088
American Institute of Physics
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology technology :

1. Roche Madison Moves to New Facility
2. New HIV vaccine approach targets desirable immune cells
3. Permeon reveals discovery of Intraphilins as new approach to intracellular biologic drugs
4. Sorrento Therapeutics Innovative Approach to Developing Vaccines and Therapeutics for MRSA Receives Continued Support From the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
5. Aerospace CEOs Discuss Joint Approach to Environment, Air Traffic Management, and Other Key Issues
6. New Approaches Open up in Spinal Muscular Atrophy
7. New approaches, technological advances offer promise for obesity treatment
8. New Pneumococcal Vaccine Approach Successful in Early Tests
9. New approach to solar cells
10. Investigational Compound Offers Novel Anti-IGF Approach To Inhibit Growth of Cancer Cells
11. Reportlinker Adds Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery - Technological Improvements and Novel Approaches to Fulfill High Potential
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... ... Weeks after hosting a carpal tunnel syndrome workshop with Dr. Oz on the ... the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, has announced the addition of MRI diagnostic imaging services on ... 1 of about 3 currently available in the United States. Developed specifically for the ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Doctors in Italy, Japan, the UK ... the BRCA-1 associated protein (BAP1) gene and its link to malignant mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma ... to read the full article now. , The studies analyzed for the new ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... May 27, 2016 At present, the ... in this space know that volatility is what makes this ... on ActiveWallSt.com: Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ: SNTA ), ... (NASDAQ: LPTN ), and Heat Biologics Inc. (NASDAQ: ... to the technical alerts for these stocks at: ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ISELIN, New Jersey and ... -- Indegene ( http://www.indegene.com ), a ... solutions to life science, pharmaceutical and healthcare organisations ... provider of innovative scientific support throughout the product ... alliance with the launch of IntraScience. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:5/20/2016)... , May 20, 2016  VoiceIt is ... partnership with VoicePass. By working together, ... experience.  Because VoiceIt and VoicePass take slightly different ... engines increases both security and usability. ... excitement about this new partnership. "This ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... BANGALORE, India , April 28, 2016 ... of Infosys (NYSE: INFY ), and Samsung SDS, ... partnership that will provide end customers with a more ... payment services.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130122/589162 ) ... financial services, but it also plays a fundamental part in ...
(Date:4/15/2016)... 2016  A new partnership announced today will ... decisions in a fraction of the time it ... high-value life insurance policies to consumers without requiring ... Force Diagnostics, rapid testing (A1C, Cotinine and HIV) ... pressure, weight, pulse, BMI, and activity data) available ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):