Treehugger today has an amazing story about 12 year old William Yuan, an American middle school science student, who has developed a new 3D solar cell which could seriously change the face of solar power.
“In his project “A Highly-Efficient 3-Dimensional Nanotube Solar Cell for Visible and UV Light,” William invented a novel solar panel that enables light absorption from visible to ultraviolet light. He designed carbon nanotubes to overcome the barriers of electron movement, doubling the light-electricity conversion efficiency. William also developed a model for solar towers and a computer program to simulate and optimize the tower parameters. His optimized design provides 500 times more light absorption than commercially-available solar cells and nine times more than the cutting-edge, three dimensional solar cell.”
William was encouraged in his research by his science teacher and his work has been rewarded with a $25,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for his research. He is currently looking for a manufacturer for his new solar cell.
Click here for an American KATU TV news report on William Yuan.