Solar Panels Made With a Particle Accelerator?!



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This video is about using particle accelerators as part of the solar panel silicon wafer manufacturing process. The accelerators embed protons into the wafer crystals, allowing them to break and separate from the main crystal in much thinner wafers with no waste silicon. Thus, monocrystalline silicon can be used, which is more efficient.

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49 comments

  1. I thought that they are using particle accelerator to energise the photons and thus increasing the efficiency of the solar pannel, but still informative video THANKS

  2. Good idea, it encourages better quality silicon (like used for chips) thus less use of silicon, which is a good thing for the environment, I hope they get the cost down to compete with the current cutting technology. When I was a graduate student researching solar cells, we shifted from slurry cut wafers (sawing with the lubrication of slurry) to diamond sawed wafers, which was cheaper and we had to think of whole new ways to etch it iirc

  3. particle accelerator….. use an old type of TV vacuum TUBE… as in the old days That IS already a particle accelerator…exchange electrons for protons (no more than hydrogen ions) crank up the potential as required and there you are, job done.
    One could also us and old mass spectrometer to do the same job. and job done again….

    Please pay me at the counter before leaving the door… thanks

  4. I should have been a scientist I think. But I am an office worker.

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  5. Minutephysics becomes a MINECRAFT channel?!

    Just kidding, you were actually surprised, so that's fair.

  6. Just because it is cool doesn’t mean it’s viable. This was an irresponsible endorsement, was the sponsor money worth it? Gross.

  7. My uncle is coming over for Christmas and he works for Realtek semiconductors as an engineer

    I think I should show this to him

  8. 1. Grow silicon crystal.
    2. Trim silicon crystal.
    3. Slice silicon crystal.

    Shouldn't Step 4 have been:
    4. Stop screwing around with silicon crystal.

  9. No,you just need a solar panel,a hand drill that could spin both clockwise and counterclockwise and tape. And probably something that could make visible light.
    Well,since getting the tape of the ring somewhat makes X ray light,just put some tape on the drill but don't cut the tape off.
    Spin the drill clockwise,then,when the tape is almost empty,spin the tape ring counterclockwise and the drill too.
    The thing that makes visible light should shine the light at the solar panel,and you should collect the X rays.

    Or,just make visible light from something that makes a lot of light,then shine it at the panel.

  10. Hardcore proton implantation. What kind of proton density do you need to break off a wafer and what kind of implantation energy?

  11. But we've got a secure energy future. Unless you believe in the man-made global warming scam.

  12. An endorsement from NASA would go a long way for this tech. Lighter and flexible solar materials would help to reduce mass and open new options for packaging space faring constructions.

  13. Great place to learn how to make it yourself much much cheaper. Just google for 'Avasva' website:)

  14. These guys took the start engine money and ran. Start engine campaigns over and they don't do refunds, recommended I contact Rayton directly. Their phone system is a circle and they haven't updated their Facebook in over a year. Great $500.00 ish lesson :c

  15. this does mean that you'll be able to get possibly more than double the number of silicon wafers out of the same silicon crystal, both becasue there is no waste and also becasue you can make them almost arbitrarily thin which includes potentially making them thinner than they otherwise could be with the sawing technique. If the price of the silicon crystals was one of the highest costs In this process, it would make a lot of sense to do this. However if it is one of the least expensive parts, this is a waste of money.

  16. why not arrange the silicon atoms to be grown about the width it was needed by demand? no cutting process whatsoever involved.

  17. thanks or the video!!!! sounds weird and fantastic! but around 2:34min you say :"make silicon that is better at capturing sunlight" – sorry that is not possible. it is possible, however, to make silicon that is better at conducting electrons and holes ("purer")!!! for better incoupling of sunlight other tricks are being used (e.g. alkaline anisotropic etching to roughen up the surface for multireflection.)

  18. Why is it better for solar cells to be less thicc?

    No but really why does thinner == better?

  19. Great idea for experimenting. Terrible concept for manufacturing at scale. Don't invest without taking a good look at the facts*.
    *Note, the term 'facts' was being used loosely above.

  20. In my opinion the biggest advantage would be how much less waste there would be. If it doesn’t ruin any of the crystal, then you’re getting double the yields

  21. Why glue something to the end, then heat it? Why not embed protons in the silicon throughout the entire cylinder, then heat it, yielding all of the pieces with one heat cycle, instead of say 100

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