December 9th, 2017 by Steve Hanley 
Let’s begin by saying this is a story about a laboratory experiment that may be good news for renewable energy advocates in the future. It has no practical industrial application at the present time. But how a technological breakthrough in solar panel design came to be is fascinating.
Dr Gavin Bell and Dr Yorck Ramachers are researchers in the physics department at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. They recognized that conventional photovoltaic solar panel technology has reached a practical limit when it comes to improving efficiency and lowering manufacturing costs. Any gains from this point forward are likely to be incremental at best.
So, the pair went back to the research and writings of Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein to see if the work those pioneers did could point the way to a better panel design. A present, a solar panel relies on a vacuum between …