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How Can Blu-Ray Discs Help Make Better Solar Panels?

From Sun rays to Blu-rays, there may be a better use for some of those unwanted used Blu-ray discs after all. Recently, scientists and engineers had determined that the random patterns burned onto used Blu-ray discs for storing data may actually help improve the effectiveness of solar panels. It is believed that the tightly packed patterns in the Blu-ray discs can improve the solar absorbsion rate of the solar panels thus creating more electricity from the same surface area as before.

How Can Blu-Ray Discs Help Make Better Solar Panels?

Blu-ray Solar Panels

Scientists recently discovered that the random patterns burned onto Blu-ray discs may actually help improve the efficiency of solar panels. (Image from Wikipedia)

The next step will be to build a solar panel with a surface that mimics the random patterns of a burned Blu-ray disc. Maybe the most efficient pattern could be that old copy of Season 2 of “House”, or maybe your guilty collection of “Dharma and Greg.” You could be sitting on a scientific breakthrough and not even realize it.

One other leading breakthrough in this study of solar cell technology is that the production costs of Blu-ray discs is far cheaper than the high costs of manufacturing solar cells. By taking advantage of an industry that already mass produces these plastic discs, the costs of producing these more efficient solar panels may go down in the future. The reduction in costs could also help make solar power more accessible to more people across the globe too.

It will still be a long while before your average solar panel gets its used Blu-ray disc upgrade, but the improvements may not be that far down the road. Since this material does not really add an expense to the manufacturing costs of the panels, manufacturers may me more inclined to start using them. This seems like a win-win for environmentalists, who can now see a use being made out of a recycled material, and also see electricity get produced more efficiently from the sun’s rays.

How Can Blu-Ray Discs Help Make Better Solar Panels?

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Lives in Phoenix, AZ. Graduated from Arizona State University in 2005. Writes for American Live Wire, GM Roadster and Northstar Media