November 21, 2012
Rice University scientists have unveiled a revolutionary new technology that uses silicon dioxide/gold nanoshells and N115 carbon nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. The new “solar steam” method from Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) is so effective it can even produce steam from icy cold water.
The technology has an overall energy efficiency of 24 percent. Photovoltaic solar panels, by comparison, typically have… read more