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First optical rectenna—combined rectifier and antenna—converts light to DC current

September 29, 2015

Using nanometer-scale components, researchers have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: phys.org

What effect might this technology have on space-based solar power? Will it increase its efficiency, make it irrelevant, or have no effect?

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