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Path to Affordable Solar Electric Power & The 35% Efficient Solar Cell

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Today?s commercial solar cells only convert 15% of the sun?s radiant energy into electricity. However, 35% efficient solar cells are real. They were first demonstrated in 1989. Today, these high efficiency cells have replaced the silicon solar cells on satellites in space. However here on earth, we are still using 15% efficient cells. High efficiency means higher power and eventually lower cost. This book goes beyond a description of today?s baseline solar power systems to describe innovations in high power density photovoltaics that have occurred in the last 15 years. As a first example, an array of these high efficiency cells can be combined with an array of low cost plastic lenses to produce cost competitive solar electric power. As a second example, since this 35% cell efficiency comes about by stacking a visible light sensitive cell on an infrared sensitive cell, the new infrared cell can now be used in furnaces to generate electricity at night along with heat for! your home. In addition to describing these technical breakthroughs in clear and simple terms, this book also describes the path from research breakthrough to high volume production emphasizing the cooperation required between government and private enterprise. Given this cooperation, solar cells are no longer just toys but can be a major contributor to the electric power production mix within the next 10 years.. Price: $27.72

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