Progress to Higher Efficiency Thin Film Solar Cells

Record conversion efficiencies have been reached with thin film photovoltaic cells by the AMOLF Group. AMOLF group leader Esther Alarcon Llado says: “based on the strong light trapping performance of our patterns, we estimate that PV efficiencies above 20% could be achieved for a 1 μm-thick c-Si cell, which would represent an absolute breakthrough toward …

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Early Industrialization of Mars

There have been other Mars Society Studies analyzing using Mars resources to make more efficient colonization. The first unmanned missions need to bring the solar panels and automated equipment to move the solar panels around. There is needs to be mining, excavating and other automated machines. There needs to be automated exploration equipment. We have …

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Space Based Solar Power Building Block Modular Tile

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) and Northrop Grumman’s Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research (SSPIDR) Project used components for the “sandwich tile” to convert solar energy to RF (radio frequency). The power will be beamed to a receiving station at the base on the ground, and the energy is collected by a rectifying …

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