Sunday, March 2, 2008

Energy Conserving Eyes

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.

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