UConn professor develops solar technology

Feb 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Energy

A UConn associate professor has developed a new solar power technology called selective area atomic layer deposition, or ALD.

Brian Willis, an associate professor of chemical, materials and biomolecular engineering, has been working with ALD to develop efficient solar energy. ALD is a technology that makes it possible to construct and test nano-sized antennas that can harvest more than 70 percent of the sun’s electromagnetic radiation, while current silicon solar panels are only capable of collecting 20 percent. These rectennas also convert the sun’s rays into usable electric power. The improved efficiency of these devices would make solar power a cost-effective replacement for conventional fossil fuels.

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