Military research results in lots of trendy technological progress that can help the people as the troops. United States Army researchers have been working on solar technology that was improved, and they’ve developed a miniature photovoltaic solar cell that’s significantly smaller and more economical than any other solar cell available on the market. The new layout has won a patent to the Army, and it is being called a “breakthrough” in clean energy by the inventors.
At the center of progress in solar power technology is the drive to make solar cells more efficient, lighter, and smaller. It possible to print paper thin solar cells, but the Army’s latest patent is of that depth, which is tough to picture only a fraction for solar cells. A piece of paper is 100000 nanometers thick, while the Army’s new solar cells are made from layers of silver and gold semiconductors that result in “a joined depth of just a few hundred nanometers,” according to Dr. Michael Scalora, a research physicist at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), who’s the co-inventor of the new technology.
In addition to being 1000 times more slender, the new solar cells are more powerful, more lasting, and expensive to produce than current solar cell technology. “Low cost, streamlined, efficient and adaptable solar cells are destined to affect all types of Department of Defense uses, as lightweight solar panels will finally power a variety of gear, especially in remote, inaccessible regions,” Scalora said.