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21st Symposium: Turbomachinery Measuring

22-23 March - 2012

United Kingdom

Conference on Thermal Energy Management

26 March - 2012

United Kingdom

The Energy Institute training course

27-29 March - 2012

United Kingdom

20th PIN Meeting

2 May - 2012


6th International Conference: Thermal Engineering

22-25 May - 2011


8th ECI International Conference

3-7 June - 2012


Sustainable Energy In Buildings

14-20 October - 2012

Solar-powered Lasers have Thermal Problems

A researcher in Uzbekistan has proposed a plan for solar-powered lasers using small parabolic mirrors about 3 feet in diameter, combined with new two-layer ceramic disks to produce laser light.

When sunlight hits the ceramic material, it excites the electrons and causes them to emit laser light of a specific wavelength. To control the heat, the ceramic disk would be mounted atop a heat sink through which water would be pumped. The laser light would then take another reflective bounce through the ceramic surface, which produces an extra amount of efficiency.

The proposal is a step beyond a similar project unveiled by Japanese researchers in 2007 which used a glass Fresnel lens instead of mirrors to create a laser to combust magnesium found in seawater.

Solar-powered lasers already exist on an experimental basis. But there have always been two major issues: removing the heat generated by the mirrors and converting one kind of power to another efficiently.

The unit developed by Shermakhamat Payziyev, a researcher at the Scientific and Production Association "Akadempribor", in Tashkent, tackles both. The plan is published this month in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

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