Scientists are developing solar panel cells using nanomaterials that can make the panels thinner and more efficient.
Breakthroughs in technology at the sub-atomic scale are starting to filter through to the green energy sector. And because of the weird and wonderful things that happen in physics at the nanoscale, there is huge potential for new nanomaterials to make a huge difference.
There are already experiments in screen technology where quantum dots emit certain colors at practically 100% efficiency. Such screens would be far superior in quality to anything we have right now, and this wouldn't come at the cost of extra energy usage.
But it gets even more interesting in the energy sector, and CleanTechnica has some interesting concepts to share.
Other types of nanomaterial could also be used to improve the amount of heat lost in other types of power plants. It’s estimated that this heat waste could be up to 60%, and harnessing all that waste could make traditional power plants an awful lot greener.
Technological progress here is happening at an incredible speed and comparable to the semiconductor changes of the 80s and 90s. That means we could be seeing some major breakthroughs very soon.
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