Rice University researchers announced recently that they invented a way to turn infrared light into visible light to make photovoltaic panels more efficient, according to a Rice press release.

The scientists at the Brown School of Engineering designed an array of carbon nanotubes that can absorb infrared photons from waste heat and emit them as visible light photons. The array can be integrated with solar cells to capture energy that would otherwise be wasted.

One of the lead researchers, Gururaj Naik, told Rice News and Media Relations that the invention could boost solar panel efficiencies from 22 percent to 80…

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