Heat-driven photovoltaic device hits 40% efficiency

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That’s great! What is that?


For anyone here that has not directly dealt with normal blue colored solar panels, in my experience a cold solar panel will put out a lot more electricity than a hot panel in summer. A clear winters day was always welcomed, my peak daily output was always in winter. I’m guessing due to lower resistance in the panel due to the cold. So if that’s potentially not a problem or the IR can be used for work, that’s an interesting development.


That’s actually a cool idea. I wonder if they can find a way to combine traditoonal solar with this method to double the efficiency some day.


But literally made of gold. It is efficient but they’re leaving out the price. Platinum does incredible things with hydrogen as well, but platinum is expensive and so is gold.


This is how we power Venus rovers.