The solar energy harvested by current solar panels comes entirely from the visible spectrum, which leaves quite a bit of the light spectrum untapped. But research into adding new materials (vanadium and titanium) to solar semiconductors could mean that in the future, our solar panels will also be able to capture some of the infrared spectrum and turn it into electricity.
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It be nice if we could pull CO2 out of thin air and transform it into a fuel. HowStuffWorks looks at the science and how far off in the future it is.