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Scientists from Kazakhstan say their technology can replace solar panels

09 november 2014, 15:43
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Employees work on a solar panel production line at a solar company workshop in Hefei, China ©Reuters
Employees work on a solar panel production line at a solar company workshop in Hefei, China ©Reuters

Physicists from Kazakhstan are studying a new method of generating green energy based on their previous discovery, Tengrinews reports citing the press-service of the National Center for Scientific and Technical Information.

Kazakhstani scientists have already gained international recognition for their research into heat-electricity transformation, even though this is quite a popular topic studied across the world.

The discovery which made scientists from Kazakhstan acknowledged was named “Suleimenov-Mun’s waves” and subsequently appeared in several international scientific journals.

The effect in question is the emergence of non-stationary waves in polymer solutions undergoing phase transitions under heat. These are the waves that form the basis of the new universal converters that could possibly replace solar panels.

Automatic telecommunications department researchers of the Almaty-based University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications have found that there are conditions under which polymer solutions are capable of producing electricity under solar radiation heat.

So, the researchers suggest using hydrophilic polymer based nanocomposites capable of generating an electric current while being heated.

Ibragim Suleimenov, Dr. Sci. in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, says that this principle makes it possible to generate electricity from any kind of heat energy, be it geothermal water or domestic and industrial cooling systems.

Small size and reasonable price of installations employing this method may very well prove such energy converters indispensable for electronics and household appliances in the future, the researchers believe.

By Dinara Urazova


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