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WAIT! Do not invest on solar panels yet...
posted June 5 2011 19:33.33 by Giorgos Lazaridis

A new discovery may turn today's solar panels totally obsolete and inefficient. Researchers from the University of Michigan have discovered that the magnetic fields coming from light waves are 100 million times stronger than previously believed! The following is from physorg:

Light has electric and magnetic components. Until now, scientists thought the effects of the magnetic field were so weak that they could be ignored. What Rand and his colleagues found is that at the right intensity, when light is traveling through a material that does not conduct electricity, the light field can generate magnetic effects that are 100 million times stronger than previously expected. Under these circumstances, the magnetic effects develop strength equivalent to a strong electric effect.

This may change the way that solar panels work so far and make them many times more efficient.

Photo: wikipedia

[Link: physorg]
Tags: solar   research   new materials   science   discovery   futuristic   

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