Dr. Niraj Lal, a researcher at the Australia National University, is designing a new breed of solar cells that are inspired by the unique shape of Buddhist singing bowls. Dr. Lal believes that just as the singing bowls cause sound to resonate to create a distinctive sound, miniature versions may be able to interact with light in much the same way, leading to solar cells more adept at capturing sunlight.
While regular solar panels lose a large amount of energy as it hits the surface -- making them inefficient -- singing bowl-shaped cells cause the light to bounce around them inside more. T
Dr. Lal and his team are now looking into figuring out how the singing bowl-inspired sollar cell design can be incorporated into more complex structures.