Solar Panels Made With a Particle Accelerator?!

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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20 Responses to Solar Panels Made With a Particle Accelerator?!

  1. Bartkante says:

    go humanity!

  2. bubmah axr says:

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

  3. Paolo Domingo says:

    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.)

  4. Tuxedo Productions says:

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

    No but really why does thinner == better?

  5. henry hurst says:

    Can I have a particle accelerator:)

  6. Jerel March says:

    Who come up with this?

  7. eltimbalino says:

    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.

  8. L S says:

    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

  9. Austin Buerkle says:

    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

  10. Amitesh Magar says:

    that was awesome

  11. Bananimations Productions says:

    I’m proud to announce that I have now watched every MinutePhysics video.

  12. Donald Darnell says:

    This is a very interesting technology, not without commercial potential, but there are some concerns about the investment offering AND commercial viability…

  13. Michael Moran says:

    Since a neutron star does not collapse into a black hole because of the Pauli Exclusion Principle, why would two neutron stars colliding not just add together into a larger neutron star? What allows them to overcome the PEP and collapse?

  14. Ebon Hawk says:

    quick physics question because I'm wondering, the "sawdust" silicon, can you not reuse that?
    cause if you can reuse it, it's probably cheaper than using a particle beam.

  15. Wild Bore says:

    You really need to do more research. This has happened way to many time. Bell's Theorem, Simpson Paradox Pt. 2, Who I'm Voting For, I'm on the brink of unsubscribing.

  16. Premium Lagg says:

    could this not also be ised in cpu and gpu manufacturing??

  17. Duke Bowers says:

    How come you disabled comments on your womens admissions video Henry?

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  19. Frettchen YT says:

    BRUTE FORCE!!!!!

  20. YoungIcarus446 says:

    Mm. Okay. Now…what's a particle accelerator?

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