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12-year-old William Yuan has invented a new, improved 3D solar cell.

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William invented a novel solar panel that enables light absorption from visible to ultraviolet light. He designed carbon nanotubes to overcome the barriers of electron movement, doubling the light-electricity conversion efficiency. William also developed a model for solar towers and a computer program to simulate and optimize the tower parameters. His optimized design provides 500 times more light absorption than commercially-available solar cells and nine times more than the cutting-edge, three dimensional solar cell.

You know, this kid might just have kicked us over the Solar Singularity finish line. Grid parity has already been achieved in Hawaii - where there is plenty of sun and electricity is otherwise produced via diesel. But this development could bring solar to the rest of us.

More on 3D solar cells here.


Do you think he owns a fabber? Get him thinking about self-replicating solar cells and we will redefine the term "Power plant"

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