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Old 08-12-2017, 16:14   #1
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New 40% more efficient solar chip

These things usually take too long to get to market and are way over priced when they do but good to see a giant leap for mankind :-)

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Re: New 40% more efficient solar chip

Sounds promising however I wonder what the 8% actual increase in efficiency will cost.
(Current mono cells are 20% efficient and an increase of 40% would bring them up to 28% efficient)
if it only adds about 10% to the end user cost it would be worth it.
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Re: New 40% more efficient solar chip

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These things usually take too long to get to market and are way over priced when they do but good to see a giant leap for mankind :-)

https://arena.gov.au/blog/unsw/
It's already taken 33 years
A patent was filed in 1984 for these cells (https://www.google.com.pg/patents/US4582952),

But it looks as though they are getting closer to producing something that would have benefits to the sailing community at a reasonable cost.
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