/ 18 May 2022

Aussies lead a solar power breakthrough

Image source: Unsplash
Image source: Unsplash

A team of Aussie researchers from the University of NSW have made a major breakthrough after generating solar power at night for the first time. It means that the potential to harness solar power continues after the sun has set. That’s because after the energy from the sun arrives on Earth, the planet releases the same amount of energy back into space that can then be captured. To do that, the team used a thermoradiative diode  – a semiconductor sensor used in existing technologies like night-vision goggles – to then convert the captured particles into electricity. Lead researcher Professor Ned Ekins-Daukes says the technology is still in its “very early stages”, but he hopes it can be developed to be used on a much larger scale. Long story short (and attention, Corey Hart…), there’s still no need to wear your sunglasses at night.

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