By Riley Ruse
Have you ever heard of something so bizarre yet incredibly logical? This true story about some researchers at Florida University and what they found is a perfect match.
They found that the conventional solar panels used today, only take in, or absorb, 50-65% of the suns rays due to how many of the suns wavelengths can pass into the cell without being deflected away. Thankfully, a surprising source has just flown in; moth eyes. Apparently, the moth's eye has clusters of photoreceptor cells
that work like tiny cameras designed to absorb 95% or more of the suns rays. This is probably because the moth, being nocturnal, needs to see where it's going. Anyway, the researchers in Florida have found a way to mimic a moth's eye by applying nanoparticles in a liquid suspension to a spinning silicon wafer. Lets all hope that they're able to apply this to a solar panel so we all feel sunny side up.