A new solar panel the size of a book could soon power your entire house

Read the article online: https://www.fanaticalfuturist.com/2018/07/solar-panel-the-size-of-a-book-could-power-entire-house

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF: A three fold increase in the energy efficiency of solar panels could revolutionise almost every industry on Earth.

In our efforts to make solar panels even more efficient a team of scientists in the UK has found a way of funnelling the sun’s power and increase the efficiency of converting the Sun’s energy into electricity to power homes from 20 percent to over 60 percent.

As the number of solar power installations around the world boom solar is now increasingly becoming the cheapest way to power your house, or business for that matter, in over 58 countries, kicking fossil fuels to the curb. But that all said it’s still a long way from achieving the energy efficiency we want it to, which has led a team of scientists to develop a pioneering new technique that could effectively ‘funnel’ solar energy in greater amounts than before.

In a paper published in Nature Communications a team from the University of Exeter has detailed a breakthrough that could see a staggering three fold increase in the amount of solar energy generated in a new solar panel than in traditional solar panel systems.

This, the team believes, could see the creation of solar panels that are no bigger than a book being used to power an entire home, but the revolution wouldn’t stop there. Think, for example, of replacing an electric cars Lithium Ion batteries with highly efficient solar panels, or even tomorrow’s flying taxis which are already flying around in the skies above Dubai, and you can easily see how this single breakthrough could help revolutionise not just the energy industry but multiple industries.

“The idea is similar to pouring a liquid into a container – as we all know, it is much more efficient if we use a funnel,” said Adolfo de Sanctis, lead author of the paper. “However, such ‘charge funnels’ cannot be realised using conventional semiconductors, and only the recent discovery of atomically thin materials has enabled our discovery.”

The physicists achieved this major feat with a chip made from an atomically thin semiconductor called hafnium disulphide, which was oxidised with a high intensity UV laser. They were then then able to engineer an electric field that funnels electrical charges to a specific area of their new chip, where they can be more easily extracted and turned into electricity.

Breaking it down into figures, the new technique has the potential to convert around 60 percent of the raw power of the sun into usable solar energy, compared with 20 percent found in existing systems, and a, by comparison, measly 26 percent efficiency found in the world’s best solar panels. Another potential nail in the coffin of fossil fuels? I think so.


  1. Future Life on June 16, 2020 at 11:57 am

    He later committed suicide with three shots to the back of the head!

  2. lenny108 on June 16, 2020 at 11:59 am

    it is important to make discoveries in this direction because all these green energy productions are not so "green" after all

  3. Robin Hyperlord on June 16, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Ir would have to be a pretty big book, though.

  4. A Price on June 16, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Well done Saverio et al!

  5. Joel Mwaura on June 16, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Hope the research findings find their way to the solar cells soonest. Great work!

  6. Jeff gottschalk on June 16, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Could you imagine a panel on top of your EV.

  7. A Mohamed Nazel on June 16, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Hi …i would like to provide a test bed and a technology demonstrator for your research…pls contact me at mhmdnazel@gmail.com..thanks

  8. svenm sandity on June 16, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    1 year and no updates its clear this was a scam.

  9. Robert Zeman on June 16, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    The problem is economical. You add graphene layer thats gonna change 100W panel for 80$ to 200W for 400$ so…. its just easier to buy another panel. But there are cases where its wanted even for higher price.

  10. Rikkerd Harderz on June 16, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    The sun gives around 1000W/m2, so a booksized solar panel will never be able to power an entire house

  11. Tareeque Hussain on June 16, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    When we see this in reality??

  12. dragonamt on June 16, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    I guarantee this is absolute snake-oil. EDIT: the conclusions here at least.

  13. Matthew Egan on June 16, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    They are already making this video impossible to watch, only the first 5 seconds works for me.

  14. Rom Hack Stash Box on June 16, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    1 Year Later and… well hmmm all I see is the old ones being put up every where and they are ugly and ive seen some older ones with rust, and uhm. Solar Sucks.

  15. Prof. M. Otto Zeee JCD ECS on June 16, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    the problem with such great inventions is: waiting for it to actually be available at a reasonable price! I believe it, when I can buy it! 😉 otherwise it is just talk!

  16. Michael Mugo on June 16, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    I did a research project in my materials engineering on Graphene, and was amazed with all of its properties. Once it can be mass produced at cheaper costs, that material is going to change everything.

  17. David E Pajares on June 16, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Grande! Forza!!

  18. Douglas Taylor on June 16, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Get it to the market already!

  19. Shweta Yadav on June 16, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    I can make cheap energy but need help for research it will be simple and pollution free .

  20. Charlie Rothwill on June 16, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Regular U.S. citizens just laugh

  21. Austin Zizzi on June 16, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Let’s goooo

  22. cmscms123456 on June 16, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    When flat panel screens became cost viable, the manufacturers, stalled and delayed their release, as these manufacturers had hundreds of millions of dollars invested in manufacturing CRT’s (HEAVY picture tube style screens), tooling, fixtures, entire plants, several of them around the world, dedicated to OLD STLYE CRT SCREENS…. Graphene is bumping its head on the same resistance from mass producers. They are deeply $$$$ invested in current technology. I am an engineer, from drawing board to consumer shelves in a long road, and usually by the time you get to the market place, the "NEXT" thing is already on the ‘drawing board’ Graphene will take over.. everything. 2025 to 2030… you will be AMAZED.

  23. Clog Sexton on June 16, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    This is a farce, the sun gives between 800W and a 1000w at sea level per m2 nobody can make more power than what the light wattage is at the point of measurement.
    Saying that you can power a house (perhaps a dolls house) with a solar panel the size of a book is ridiculous unless the book is huge or the power usage of the house is charging up your smartphone.

    What this pretend scientist explains is that he is speeding up light so he can make power more quickly this is idiotic.
    The only thing that can be done is to make solar panels give a better efficiency and that is what scientists are working on and hopefully will be improve soon.
    These two mad scientists are not going to provide any contribution to the world population by twisting knobs and playing with coloured water.

  24. MrPazuzu1991 on June 16, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Bene Rodolfo Bravo!

  25. Chris W on June 16, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Why is YouTube not letting me watch this video? It keeps freezing up about 10 seconds in I just checked another video and everything is fine just this video makes you think

  26. 4Nanook on June 16, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Um NO because only 900 watts per square meter falls on the Earth’s surface at the equator at noon, less than that elsewhere, and so a square foot at 100% efficiency can make 90 watts max, with more typical efficiencies of 15%, 13.5w max, less anywhere else. It takes about 7Kw to power the average household.

  27. Tomas Armstrong on June 16, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    "I recommend this guide:
    So grateful it exists in 2020."

  28. LinkinParkKid310 on June 16, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    If the United States subsidized and fought wars for this, instead of for fossil fuels, we could rush this to market in a year…maybe less.

  29. Dinesh Raval on June 16, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Only in theary

  30. imbonnie on June 16, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    "My name is Inigo Montoya. You kill my father. Prepare to die."  Same guy?

  31. ahmad syahadat on June 16, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    The product name is? The price for 1 unit? Who i should contact for more details in this product? This product has run on test? Did it work? How much watt it can takes? Please, i need to know more details.

  32. aweitz225 on June 16, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Is there any update on when the tech will be available to consumers?

  33. hey daddy on June 16, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    No matter what a book size solar panel cannot run an entire house, even if the efficiency is 100%

  34. aspiring scientific journalist Also a cow on June 16, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    No…. Not enough energy

    Always gonna be a few meters

  35. Saad Zeb on June 16, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Plz make it quick bore of using oil from arabia….hahaha

  36. j.a vee on June 16, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Great job adolfo..

  37. Vaso Kovacevic on June 16, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    I wonder have tghey managed to make it and is it on a market looking forward to buy it

  38. robiduff on June 16, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    so is there any news on this?

  39. Nexus Tv on June 16, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    "I recommend this guide:
    So grateful it exists."

  40. gemini solstitium on June 16, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    I can play this video for 10 seconds, then it stops. I try it all to see it but nothing, it doesn’t work. It’s very strange, all the other videos are working perfectly.

  41. imbonnie on June 16, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    I want a 3d printer so I can make a breakthrough solar panel.

  42. EyeInTheSky on June 16, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Graphene will make cells higher than 98% efficiency. It’s a 2D material and is getting easier to make slowly though.

  43. Jman on June 16, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    A solar panel size of a book powering your entire house? Is this before cold fusion and perpetual energy is developed?

  44. Knee-Cola on June 16, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    A well made hoax video! Bravo!

  45. nirav patel on June 16, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    this technology can change power generator future. keep it up

  46. JoGar VizAh on June 16, 2020 at 12:50 pm


  47. Debunk This on June 16, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Absolutely false 1400 Watts per sq meter

  48. Johnathan Berner on June 16, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    From 20% to 60% Efficiency does not equate to a solar panel of the size of a book powering a house…

  49. M N on June 16, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I got the feeling that this has already been discovered and vaulted long ago

  50. George on June 16, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Can you at least highlight the man’s name for further research?

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