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Capturing Solar Power with Antennae

necro81 (917438) writes | more than 3 years ago

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necro81 (917438) writes "Researchers at the University of Missouri and the Idaho National Laboratory have demonstrated a new method of capturing solar power. Rather than using semiconductors to capture photons of sunlight, they fabricated small coiled antennae (several um square) that resonate with the wave nature of light. The antennae are tuned towards midrange infrared light (5-10 um), which is abundant on our cozy-warm Earth — even at night. They also demonstrated a way to imprint these coils on a substrate, like how CDs or vinyl records are produced, but could be scaled to roll-to-roll mass production. The usual caveat applies: it may be 5-10 years until this could hit the market."

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...and the energy crisis is solved again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36155756)

...except in about 3 months it'll be killed off somehow and everyone will forget it.

Re:...and the energy crisis is solved again! (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36161418)

I'm curious about the "energy crisis" I've been hearing about since the 1970s. Certainly the Earth has no shortage of energy sources, where is this "energy crisis" located?
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