Reflective light channels as buriable Solar Cell energy generators.

One of the causes in low efficiency capturing solar radiation via solar cells is the reflection loss. A lot of research on this has resulted in many approaches such as nano-structures to reduce this reflection. An alternative is to embrace reflection. How?

The sun shines on a collector opening and this light is reflected down into a ‘pipe’ or channel. The angle of the reflectors cause the light to bounce from one side to another. Now instead of mirrors being used as reflectors, we use solar cells. Thus, instead of larger solar farms we would have wider and deeper light capture networks. Since the reflection occurs within the channel, this structure can be buried in the ground.

Unknown at this point are the parameters of this pipe or channel? Is this really feasible as large structures or only efficient at nano-scales?

solar cell pipe to reuse reflection
solar cell pipe

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2 thoughts on “Reflective light channels as buriable Solar Cell energy generators.”

    1. A web search for: “solar cell efficiency nanotechnology” is interesting.

      In Google scholar you can search for: “solar cell nanotechnology”.

      Example:
      TY – JOUR
      AU – Huang, Yi-Fan
      AU – Chattopadhyay, Surojit
      AU – Jen, Yi-Jun
      AU – Peng, Cheng-Yu
      AU – Liu, Tze-An
      AU – Hsu, Yu-Kuei
      AU – Pan, Ci-Ling
      AU – Lo, Hung-Chun
      AU – Hsu, Chih-Hsun
      AU – Chang, Yuan-Huei
      AU – Lee, Chih-Shan
      AU – Chen, Kuei-Hsien
      AU – Chen, Li-Chyong
      TI – Improved broadband and quasi-omnidirectional anti-reflection properties with biomimetic silicon nanostructures
      JA – Nat Nano
      PY – 2007/12//print
      VL – 2
      IS – 12
      SP – 770
      EP – 774
      PB – Nature Publishing Group
      SN – 1748-3387
      UR – http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2007.389
      M3 – 10.1038/nnano.2007.389
      N1 – 10.1038/nnano.2007.389
      L3 – http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/v2/n12/suppinfo/nnano.2007.389_S1.html
      ER –

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