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Researchers discover new process for solar conversion

Aug. 5, 2010
Always something new on the solar frontier: Researchers at Stanford University have figured out a new way of converting sunlight to electrical current. A new process that simultaneously combines the light and heat of solar radiation to generate ...

Always something new on the solar frontier: Researchers at Stanford University have figured out a new way of converting sunlight to electrical current.

A new process that simultaneously combines the light and heat of solar radiation to generate electricity could offer more than double the efficiency of existing solar cell technology, say the Stanford engineers who discovered it and proved that it works. The process, called "photon enhanced thermionic emission," or PETE, could reduce the costs of solar energy production enough for it to compete with oil as an energy source.

Stanford press release