A professor from “that shitty little country” may have found the answer to the problem of our dependence on fossil fuels: Professor David Faiman has invented a way to generate electricity from solar cells far more cheaply than has been possible to date.
Solar power has usually been dismissed as a possible answer to the problem because of its high cost and relatively low efficiency. But a new type of solar power cell being developed in Israel by one of the world's foremost experts in the field promises to change that…
"Traditional photovoltaic cells do two things: collect sunlight and generate electricity from it," said Faiman of Ben-Gurion University's Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research in Sde Boker. "What we've done is simply split those two functions, so that the sunlight is collected and concentrated by a dish-shaped mirror, and a small number of concentrator cells generate electricity from that highly concentrated sunlight. Photovoltaic material is far too expensive to waste on something that can be accomplished with cheap glass and steel."
I was also pleased to see Faiman pointing out that we rely on oil for a lot more than just fuel:
"It would be nice to save fossil fuels for more important things than burning them," he says. "Like the whole petrochemical (plastics) industry, for example."
Read the whole article at Israel21c.