Scientists announced that they have developed an ‘anti-Solar’ panel to benefit from the energy of the Sun even at night. The panel, which uses a special diode, is promising for the future, although it cannot produce enough energy for anything for now.
As the worldwide demand for renewable energy continues to increase, scientists continue to work on technologies that will enable this transformation . In this context, a revolutionary discovery was made for solar energy, which is the most preferred type of renewable energy.
Scientists announced that they have developed a new ‘anti-Solar panel’ that allows solar panels to produce energy at night, in their new research they published recently . The technology makes use of infrared energy, which emerges as the earth cools at night, unlike the solar panels that obtain energy from the sun’s rays and therefore from heat.
Infrared energy is converted into usable energy:
The newly developed technology by scientists makes use of the materials found in night vision goggles. The new technology converts infrared energy, which is released during the process of the Earth’s warming and cooling at night, into usable energy . This process is called the ‘thermoradiative’ process. Tests with the developed prototype showed that the technology can offer a small amount of energy for now.
To take advantage of this process, the custom ‘ mercury cadmium telluride (CTM) ‘ diode was able to produce about 2.26 milliwatts/square meter of energy when heated to 20 degrees. Although this energy is insufficient to heat only a glass of water, it is stated that with the development of technology, 1/10 of the energy produced by a solar panel can be produced .