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ELEKTRO 3/2021 was released on March 10th 2021. Its digital version will be available on March 26th 2021.

Topic: Electrical engineering in industry; Surge protection

Innovation, Technology, Projects
History of STEGO products
Industry 4.0 – past and present
Panasonic: Industrial automation products for your testing
ABB announced a significant increase in the number of charging stations in the Czech Republic

SVĚTLO (Light) 1/2021 was released 2.12.2021. Its digital version will be available immediately.

Interiors lighting
Interior of the year 2020 – offices in time of home office
PROLICHT CZECH fulfils images of architect about illumination of Obecní dvůr residence at Prague Old Town

Luminaires and light apparatuses
Covid 19 – are there actually any news at lighting producer?
Lighting systems of STEINEL company

Solar cell that captures nearly all energy of solar spectrum

12. 7. 2017 | George Washington University | www.gwu.edu

Scientists have designed and constructed a prototype for a new solar cell that integrates multiple cells stacked into a single device capable of capturing nearly all of the energy in the solar spectrum. The new design converts direct sunlight to electricity with 44.5 percent efficiency, giving it the potential to become the most efficient solar cell in the world. 

The approach is different from the solar panels one might commonly see on rooftops or in fields. The new device uses concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) panels that employ lenses to concentrate sunlight onto tiny, micro-scale solar cells. Because of their small size—less than one millimeter square—solar cells utilizing more sophisticated materials can be developed cost effectively.

Solar cell with the highest efficiency yet

The stacked cell acts almost like a sieve for sunlight, with the specialized materials in each layer absorbing the energy of a specific set of wavelengths. By the time the light is funneled through the stack, just under half of the available energy has been converted into electricity. By comparison, the most common solar cell today converts only a quarter of the available energy into electricity.

Read more at George Washington University

Image Credit: George Washington University

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