Wouldn’t it be great if you could be part of the green energy movement without having to install those large, expensive solar panels on your roof? Well, soon you can. According to ABC Science, the newest way to harness sunlight and convert it into electricity is done with a fiber-optic wiring that is barely wider than a human hair. The wires are coated with zinc oxide and connected to a photovoltaic cell. Light is able to be absorbed at the tip of the wire, where it then zips down the length and back, letting the zinc oxide convert it into electricity along the way. Since all these wires need is their tops to be exposed to the sun, they could be installed on a roof, underneath a house, or even inside of its walls.
Although the researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are not completely happy with the 3.3% conversion rate, they believe they will be able to get that number to 8% really soon.
For more information on this innovative technology, go to: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2009/11/10/2738182.htm