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Solar Capacitor
Jamais Cascio, 5 Nov 04

Roland Picquepaille has the details on a new type of solar cell, a "photocapacitor," which integrates the ability to store electricity once generated by the solar cell. All the usual caveats apply: it's still in the lab, it may not be cost-effective, your mileage may vary, etc., but it certainly does look interesting (especially its ability to be twice as efficient than a standard solar cell on cloudy days).

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Integrated into the envelope of a building, such a surface may reasonably be used to generate power on horizontal surfaces. The key question is: to what use would the designer put that power?


Posted by: John Laumer on 11 Nov 04



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