Carbon nanotubes generate current from light, may yield solar power

Over at GE they’re still bringing “bringing good things to life” or in this case, to light: “The discovery was first announced in the current issue of Applied Physics Letters. An official at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna sees promise in the efficiency of the nanotubes. ‘The discovery of a photovoltaic effect in our nanotube device could lead to exciting breakthroughs in solar cells that make them more efficient and a more viable alternative in the mainstream energy market,’ said Margaret Blohm, GE’s advanced technology leader for nanotechnology…The carbon nanotube diodes ‘showed significant power-conversion efficiencies,’ the company said.”

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