Electric ballasts can provide electricity by trapping electrons from solar energy to be used to charge the battery.
But there’s no way to make sure that the energy that’s released from these devices is captured by a solar cell, which means they have to be expensive.
Now, a team of researchers from MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new design that might be more energy-efficient than existing designs.
The team’s design uses a new type of electron shielding that is also called arsenic electron configurations, or TECs.
The new design works by trapping the electrons inside a small, flexible membrane and releasing them at the same time as the electrode is being heated.
By applying an electric field, the electrons can escape from the membrane and travel through the membrane.
The electric field also acts like a shield, protecting the electrodes from electrostatic charges.
The research was published online today in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
“A lot of our designs are very energy-intensive because the materials have to absorb a lot of energy,” said Yuki Ogawa, a professor in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and lead author of the study.
“This is because we are trying to keep the charge to a certain level to produce electricity.”
This image shows a simplified schematic of a TEC.
The inset shows an inset of a solar panel on a photovoltaic cell.
The two insets are separated by a silicon membrane.