Recycled Blu-ray discs improve solar panels

November 26, 2014 2:33 AM

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"It's as if electrical engineers and computer scientists developing the Blu-ray technology have been subconsciously doing our jobs, too," said Jiaxing Huang.

The minuscule patterns etched into the bottom of the discs are perfect for capturing and scattering light onto the energy absorption technologies of modern solar panels. The discs themselves, of course, block most light. But the discs themselves aren't applied -- their pattern is simply borrowed and...

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