The pattern on Blu-ray discs shown to improve solar panel efficiency by 20 percent

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The pattern on Blu-ray discs shown to improve solar panel efficiency by 20 percent

What do solar panels and Blu-ray discs have in common? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Researchers at Northwestern University have discovered an unexpected yet useful purpose for old Blu-ray discs. It just so happens that the nanoscopic pits and grooves found on Blu-ray discs – the same ones responsible for that vibrant hue – can have a profound impact on a solar panel’s efficiency.

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