A new 3D solar cell that would revolutionize the solar industry have been designed. The amazing thing about the news is that the inventor of the novel solar panel is a 12-year-old student from Beaverton, Oregon that believes his 3D solar cell will bring solar power to a higher place.
“A Highly-Efficient 3-Dimensional Nanotube Solar Cell” (that’s how William Yuan named his invention) is able to absorb up to 500 times more light than the nowadays conventional solar cells and up to 9 times more than the state-of-the-art 3D solar cells.
This is possible thanks to the carbon nanotubes, designed by the 7th grade student, that are making the light-electricity conversion two times more efficient and overcome the barriers of electron movement. The little genius made all this possible with his optimized design that also includes a computer program and solar towers designs.
The invention brought the 12-Yer-old boy a $25,000 scholarship, but it will proove hard to gain investment because of his age. Anyhow, Davidson Institute for Talent Development accepted him in their fellowship, and the young boy may be set for some awards in science and engineering.