Can Solar Panels Work In The Dark?

According to some new research. YES:D

Well…it can almost see in the dark. Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory]( have just announced that they’ve been able to confirm a new high-efficiency solar cell design that handles pretty much the entire solar spectrum. To ice the solar cake, the new technology can be manufactured using ordinary low-cost processes that are currently in use.
Harnessing the Full Spectrum for Solar Power

A conventional solar cell uses one kind of semiconductor, which captures light from one part of the spectrum. The new solar cell uses different materials, stacked in layers, that respond to different wavelengths. As explained by LBL writer Paul Preuss, the trick is to use one alloy, gallium arsenide nitride, but replace some of the arsenic atoms with nitrogen to create an intermediate energy band. This third band enables the semiconductor to respond to low and mid-energy wavelengths as well as the more “energetic” parts of the spectrum.
Lowering the Cost of Full Spectrum Solar Cells

In earlier trials, the researchers used different alloys that achieved full spectrum responses but involved very high production costs. The advantage of gallium arsenide nitride is that it is very similar to a conventional semiconductor, gallium arsenide, and it can be produced with a commonly used fabrication method involving chemical vapor deposition](
Full Speed Ahead to Full Spectrum Solar Cells

The Lawrence Berkeley breakthrough represents just one path to increasing the efficiency and lowering the cost of solar cells. Over at Ohio State University, a full spectrum solar cell]( is also under development, and Stanford is pursuing a new technology that cuts around the problem of solar cell efficiency loss due to high temperatures. And then of course there’s low cost solar paints on the horizon, new solar cell fabrication methods, and the use of low-cost materials for concentrating solar power…well, it may be just a bit too soon to say goody-bye to “yesterday’s energy”]( but we’re sure on our way.
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Source: Clean Technica (

So would they be lunar cells now? :wink:

Technically there is no such thing as darkness. It is an absence of light!
So yes I would say if they work at night it will need to include the power from the moon and not the sun.
The bible called it the lesser luminary.
Genesis 1:16
“And God proceeded to make the two great luminaries, the greater luminary for dominating the day and the lesser luminary for dominating the night, and all the stars.”

Now that you brought Religion into the conversation… this thread needs to be banished to the NFE section. Nice going!!


Sorry but this all sounds like flying car crapola from a '50s era Popular Mechanics magazine.

Where’s my practical flying car?

Lawrence Berkeley breakthrough. I guess you will have to ask them if it is Crapola!!!

pay attention

someday may never come.

and notice no discussion of working in the dark.

Add this and you are all set up for night and day!
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Hydrogen gas separating from water

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Consider this–every manned space mission since the 1960’s has relied on a self-contained system to provide for its energy needs: solar modules to generate electricity, an electrolyzer to make hydrogen from water, and a fuel cell to reconvert the stored hydrogen into electricity, heat, and drinking water for the astronauts. NASA relies on these technologies for failsafe operation in space, and here on Earth the component manufacturers and Strizki Systems have logged millions of hours of trouble-free operation.
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Question for KEVIN:

Why spend money on these exotic and very very expensive and unproven technologies when there is so much energy available in oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear available at much much lower cost?

Yes, the panels charge batteries that will enable it to work in the dark, until the charge runs out.

Yes. They released light in the dark of night and then they charge up when the Sun comes up.