Photon Enhanced Thermionic Emission or PETE, simultaneously combines the heat and light from solar radiation to create electricity. Traditional solar panels utilize photovoltaic technology, which is flawed in that it decreases in efficiency as temperature rises. This is an obvious problem, seeing as the sun produces both light and heat. The new process of PETE, actually increases efficiency of the panels as the heat index increases.
Solar Energy Conversion Process: Light and Heat
Jawad Ahmad | Renewable energy sources
The scientific struggle to increase the efficiency in which renewable energy is used and then reused has proven to be a daunting task. Large wind farms and fields of solar panels are commonly used to generate energy through solar radiation. Congruently, investors are having a troublesome time competing with traditional oil and electric suppliers.
By definition, solar energy is radiant heat and light from the sun, which is harnessed by us to produce electricity. There are various forms of solar-powered devices, including wind, wave, hydroelectricity, and biomass all costly and inefficient, because of those costs. But scientists out of Stanford have found a somewhat promising solution.
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