MIT Researchers Develop A Way To Funnel Solar Energy
File image. by Staff Writers Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2010 Using carbon nanotubes (hollow tubes of carbon atoms), MIT chemical engineers have found a way to concentrate 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell. Such nanotubes could form antennas that capture and focus light energy, potentially allowing much smaller and more powerful solar arrays. "Instead of having your whole roof be a photovoltaic cell, you could have little spots that were tiny photovoltaic cells, with antennas that would drive photons into them," says Michael Strano, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and leader of the research team.