Solar energy is a very important part of our attempt to move toward new fuel sources. We must move toward it. Get in touch with your congressmen and get stimulus funding directed at this industry. The excerpts from the article shown below easily exemplify how solar energy can provide our entire energy requirements. Get involved, help make the push.
It takes outside-the-box thinking to outsmart the solar spectrum and set a world record for solar cell efficiency. The solar spectrum has boundaries (Band Gaps) and immutable rules. A band gap is an energy that characterizes how a semiconductor material absorbs photons, and how efficiently a solar cell made from that material can extract the useful energy from those photons. "The ideal band gaps for a solar cell are determined by the solar spectrum," said Daniel Friedman, manager of the NREL III-V Multijunction Photovoltaics Group at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). "There's no way around that."
But this year, Friedman's team succeeded so spectacularly in bending the rules of the solar spectrum that NREL and its industry partner, Solar Junction, won a coveted R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine for a world-record multijunction solar cell. The three-layered cell, SJ3, converted 44% of the energy in sunlight into electrical energy — a rate that has stimulated demand for the cell to be used in concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) arrays for utility-scale energy production. The SJ3 cells fit into the market for utility-scale CPV projects. They're designed for application under sunlight concentrated to 1,000 times its normal intensity by low-cost lenses that gather the light and direct it at each cell. In regions of clear atmosphere and intense sunlight, such as the U.S. desert Southwest, CPV has outstanding potential for lowest-cost solar electricity. There is enough available sunlight in these areas to supply the electrical energy needs of the entire United States many times over. Credit: Daniel Derkacs/Solar Junctio
Get solar panels on your home and stop paying power bills. Here is a link to find a solar panel/installer in Phoenix: http://www.yellowpages.com/phoenix-az/solar
Remember, make sure that the solar panels are not manufactured using any petroleum products.
The American Hydrogen Society’s monthly meeting is 1/10/2013 at Denny’s in Tempe at 650 N Scottsdale Rd. 6pm. Hydrogen is a clean fuel and we can make it work too. Remember, member or not there is a RSVP not required invitation at the door with your name on it.