Thursday, September 18, 2008

12 year old invents more efficient solar panel


William Yuan, from Portland, Oregon, has a better idea. A recent science project he developed, entitled “A Highly-Efficient 3-Dimensional Nanotube Solar Cell for Visible and UVLight,” William invented a novel solar panel that enables light absorption from visible toultraviolet 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, three dimensional solar cell.

William probably put this project together using funds from his paper route. Just think what we could do if Big Oil put even 1% of their profits into alternative energy research! Rock on William, you are a true American.

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