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Unformatted text preview: 13 | P a g e 1 1 / 3 / 2 0 0 8 C O A T I N G H E L P S S O L A R P A N E L S S O A K U P M O R E O F T H E S U N Mon Nov 3, 2008 6:15pm EST By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A new type of reflective coating can make solar panels far more efficient, soaking up nearly all available sunlight from nearly any angle, U.S. researchers said on Monday. Current solar panels -- which convert energy from the sun into electricity -- absorb only about two-thirds of available sunlight. But surfaces treated with a coating developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, can harvest 96.2 percent of sunlight. "That is a tremendous savings," Rensselaer's Shawn-Yu Lin, whose study appears in the journal Optics Letters, said in a telephone interview. Lin said the technology addresses two main problems in current solar cells. It captures more colors of solar spectrum and it captures light from all angles....
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