Sunlight to electricity – direct!

Solar power without solar cells: A hidden magnetic effect of light could make it possible

( — A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by University of Michigan researchers could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells.

…of course the efficiency is currently below 10%, but improvements are likely. The problem with solar isn’t turning it into useful energy, but storing it! If you could do that easily and cheaply, then you can change the world.

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