(Fred de Haro features in article from Internet of Business)
Surrey University works on wonder material that absorbs 90 per cent of light
Researchers have created a graphene-based material that generates electricity from waste light or heat. They claim that the substance could power Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Researchers from the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute created ultra-thin graphene sheets designed to more effectively capture light. The advance used a technique known as nanotexturing, which involves growing graphene around a textured metallic surface.
Graphene is very strong but traditionally inefficient at light absorption. To get around this problem, used the nano-patterning to localise light into the narrow spaces between the textured surface, enhancing the amount of light absorbed by the material by about 90 percent.
Fred’s extracted comment:
Experts welcomed the development. Fred de Haro, CEO of Pycom, told Internet of Business that many environments will require power to connect and it is “essential that this is considered in today’s IoT developments”.
“We, by which I mean technology providers, must consider the implications of such a connected world, be that security or power, and include everything from coffee machines to solar panels and the connected living products yet to be designed,” he said.