08 Mar '13, 7pm

New process enables energy harvesting from the sun

New process enables energy harvesting from the sun

Nanostructured metals instead of conventional semiconductor material are shown to harvest energy New research is being conducted on how to harvest energy from the sun by a team of scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Department of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials.  The team was able to convert sunlight into energy by using a process based on metals that are more robust than many of the semiconductors used in traditional methods. The process by which light is captured by the gold nanorod, and converted into energy that can spilt water (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen.Credit: Syed Mubeen  In the traditional method, the sunlight hits the surface of semiconductor material, one side of which has many electrons, while the other not so many. The light particles excite the electrons, causing them to leave their positions, and create posi...

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