Last edited by John_Hatchett; 08-23-2012 at 08:22 PM.
Maybe a better idea would be a series of layered flexible solar cells tuned to different parts of the optical spectrum from infrared to ultraviolet. Each layer would only collect from its spectrum band and would let the rest of the band pass through. The cell stack would be theoretically up to 60% efficient and could probably generate about 3 to 5 Kwh per day. NOt huge but something.
So if you have the technology to make this 60% efficient (flexible, no less!) solar panel, why hasn't it hit the market in any form - or even any news announcement I know of?
The most efficient solar panel I can buy today are Sanyo HIT-21s, nominally 21% efficient. Five years ago, I think it was about 16%.
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To date the problem has been cost effective production and reliability. The industry focus has been towards narrow band low efficiency cells that are high yield . The kind of cells I'm talking about would be a hybrid of cells that were in research labs a decade ago. Obviously they haven't figured out a way to effectively manufacture and monetize the product, but some are probably working in satellites because their programs can afford them.
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I think you should get a field of blue electrical arcs.