Sunday, April 24, 2011

Electricity from light, no solar cell needed
Light-induced magnetic effect "can produce solar power without solar cells"
ANI, April 20, 2011
WASHINGTON - Newly observed magnetic effect induced by light can produce solar power making semiconductor-based solar cells [unnecessary]. According to scientists at the University of Michigan, a newly observed “dramatic and surprising” magnetic effect of light could help produce solar power without the use of solar cells. According to Stephen Rand, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, and Applied Physics, researchers have found a way to make an “optical battery.” Light has electric and magnetic components. More