Sunday, June 29, 2008

Solar panels... that work at night?

I thought I'd seen it all but some braniacs over in Idaho have come up with a way to tap infrared energy.

Nightime solar panals

Actually I was thinking about something similar this week. With all the ambient electromagnetic bouncing around would it be possible to capture it for reuse? Think of it as recycled energy. Reason I thought of this is because when I was a kid I had a tiny crystal radio. You powered it by putting two allegator clips on the harp of the nearest lamp hence using the power bleed from the lamp. It only received one station but you didn't need to buy batteries.

3 comments:

GJG said...

Interesting article and it demonstrates the investigation and research that is on going to develope energy resources---we ARE running out of oil---and worse, we are killing ourselves with our own waste products---killing the oceans, cutting down the trees faster than we grow them------THERE JUST HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY??

J. Marquis said...

Wow, what a cool concept. I wonder if it would work in a cloudy place like western Washington?

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