Solar Breakthrough – 500 Times More Energy Captured

A new invention could revolutionize solar energy – and it was made by a 12-year-old in Beaverton.

Despite his age, William Yuan has already studied nuclear fusion and nanotechnology, and he is on his way to solving the energy crisis.

It all started with Legos – after he learned nanotechnology to make robots take off. The seventh grader then got an idea inspired by the sun.

“Solar it seems underused, and there are only a few problems with it,” Yuan said.

Encouraged by his Meadow Park Middle School science teacher, the 12-year-old developed a 3D solar cell.

“Regular solar cells are only 2D and only allow light interaction once,” he said.

And his cell can absorb both visible and UV light.

“I started to realize I was actually onto something,” Yuan said.

At first, he couldn’t believe his calculations.

“This solar cell can’t be generating this much electricity, it can’t be absorbing this much extra light,” he recalled thinking.

If he is right, solar panels with his 3D cells would provide 500 times more light absorption than commercially-available solar cells and nine times more than cutting-edge 3D solar cells.


It’s amazing that you can make this sort of discoveries in calculations only.

Just like Einstein, this kid couldn’t believe the outcome of his own calculations.

Einstein’s calculations turned out to be correct. Let’s hope this kid will have the same destiny.

2 thoughts on “Solar Breakthrough – 500 Times More Energy Captured

  1. cybrbeast

    I call BS. 500 times more energy captured?
    A low end current solar cell converts around 10% of incoming light to electricity. 500 * 10% would mean this kid’s solar cell captures 5000% percent of incoming solar energy. That means it captures 50 times more energy than is actually coming in, this violates the law of energy conservation.
    So there must be something wrong in the article or in the kid’s work.

  2. thinkaboutit

    In fact it is possible. It’s the way it captures and directs light that is making the significant gain in percent captured. He has obviously mathmatically figured out a way to direct light in a way that increases energy absorbtion.

    What’s next.. Solar trees with leaves that absorb light and clean the air… hmmmmm.

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