Canadian makes a breakthrough!

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  1. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    Very cool, soon you will have your iPod/iPDA plugged in to your shirt or hat. But better yet, this technology is 5 times more effiecent than existing tech! This is VERY good news. The implications are volumouse, not just the techno geek apps but home, 3rd world, etc......
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    That is excellent! I was worried by the title - thought someone had fallen through the ice up there. ;)

    It'd be really nice if this made it to market. As you said, lots of nice, real-world implications. Plus, of course, the iPod socks could gain real functionality....
     
  3. maya macrumors 68040

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    That's what will happen if you have this technology in the soles of your shoes while walking over an iced over lake. ;) :)


    Great news though. :)
     
  4. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    whoa! 30%?!?! That's a huge jump in efficiency. That's enough to actually significantly change solar power - as long as it is a cheap process, as cheap or cheaper than the current ones out there. I wonder if it can be used in space? Could lighten the load on some satellites and even give a nice boost to the ISS...

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  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Imagine this being used on house shingles. 5x performance boost means even northern climates can benefit!
     
  6. Wyvernspirit macrumors 6502a

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    I wonder what apple could come up with this technology. :D
     
  7. maya macrumors 68040

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    With a 30%, this is great as a hybrid for home usage as cars also use hybrid technology.

    Unless this will go up to 65% or higher to be a standalone solution. :)
     
  8. stubeeef thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It could also mean you need to cover 1/5th the area to get the same voltage!

    Small areas can now do the same work! like the top of your igloo.

    the hood of an electric car, or hood and top and trunk.

    5x the effecientcy has HUGE ramifications in the solar industry, they have needed something like this for a long time.
     
  9. maya macrumors 68040

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    iPod Solar. :)

    PowerBook G5 now possible, since it will get a good 2 hours battery life with this technology. :D
     
  10. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I wonder if that idea will ever see the light of day. ;)
     
  11. stubeeef thread starter macrumors 68030

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    1/5th the raw materials, 1/5th the volume when shipping, wow!
     
  12. maya macrumors 68040

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    Sure plug the FireWire into your pants. ;) :) :D
     
  13. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    My thoughts aswell, have the PowerBooks run with solar technology. Forget all this talk of cars powered by solar, get solar panals on laptops and you've got something marketable, I think. :)
     
  14. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    More importantly, Congratulations Canada for another advance in renewable energy tech.
     
  15. maya macrumors 68040

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    :: shucks :: you know us Canadians we are always thinking GREEN. :)
     
  16. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Except, apparently, for Tom Green, who's been foisted on us. Thanks a lot... ;)
     
  17. maya macrumors 68040

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    We cannot help the strays, that decide to head on south. ;) :)
     
  18. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    30% efficiency, IF true will make for nothing short of a revolution in solar power generation technology. Although, you have to factor in how much energy it takes to make them, and if they scale up well (i.e. is it feasable to make huge arrays of these and have them still be 30% efficient).

    Either way this is VERY cool. Think of the benefits for laptops! Go Canada!
     
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    i wonder when this technology will be readily accessible and what uses people will put it to
     
  20. stubeeef thread starter macrumors 68030

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    it seems that this breakthrough is for "plastic" cells, not the 5 fold increase in silicon types. But still the portability and the less breakable flex plastic are awesome.
     

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