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BUTTERFLY WINGS INSPIRE NEW SOLAR AND STEALTH TECHNOLOGIES

 

BUTTERFLY WINGS INSPIRE NEW SOLAR AND STEALTH TECHNOLOGIES

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Researchers have designed new type of solar cells inspired by the function of tiny butterfly wings

 

The new solar cell structure essentially mimics the scales on blue Morpho Didius butterfly wings. The Morpho Didius butterfly’s wing has tiny cone-shaped nanostructures that scatter light to create metallic, shimmering shades of blue. The blue color seems to change from light to dark when viewed from different angles by applying similar intricate wing patterns at the smallest scale; researchers have developed new solar cell structures. These solar cells are capable of controlling the direction of light more precisely than standard solar cells.

ANU engineers invent tiny structures inspired by butterfly wings that may lead to cool new technologies. https://t.co/6rApYFUSdG @anucecspic.twitter.com/tZ4yxKpS9w— ANU Media (@ANUmedia) May 16, 2017

The possible applications of this new bio-inspired solar technology, which can absorb sunlight and convert it into a source of electricity or heat, are many and varied: from creating solar panels to facilitating the design of stealth technologies capable of avoiding enemy detection.

 

The technology could also be used in buildings as a part of their construction and enable residents to control how light and heat passes through the windows.

Researchers say the system is relatively cheap and could be used by both commercial and residential users.

 

 


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