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### Author Topic: Is it possible to convert electric energy into light energy then back?  (Read 1310 times)

#### skoorb

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##### Is it possible to convert electric energy into light energy then back?
« on: 23/03/2016 18:23:50 »
Basically I am wondering if it is possible to convert light into electrical energy, and I'm not talking about solar energy. I'm talking about any form of light. If so, how?

#### skoorb

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##### Re: Is it possible to convert electric energy into light energy then back?
« Reply #1 on: 23/03/2016 18:36:06 »
I know that it is possible to convert the energy from heat to electrical energy, but I don't know anything about the conversion of light energy to electrical energy besides the use of photovoltaic panels to convert solar energy.

#### Jolly

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##### Re: Is it possible to convert electric energy into light energy then back?
« Reply #2 on: 23/03/2016 19:47:22 »
Basically I am wondering if it is possible to convert light into electrical energy, and I'm not talking about solar energy. I'm talking about any form of light. If so, how?

Yes its very possible. I know from experience that the little garden solar lights, will charge from fire light, they will even charge off each other. If you put one LED solar light on top of one another, the LED light will charge the battery, of the solar light below.

The lights have a light senor that turns them off, and on. The lower light will charge from the upper and when the upper light goes off the lower one will come on.

All light is a form of radiation, so thats the best why I can think of.

« Last Edit: 23/03/2016 19:50:20 by Jolly »

#### evan_au

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##### Re: Is it possible to convert electric energy into light energy then back?
« Reply #3 on: 23/03/2016 19:50:14 »
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if it is possible to convert light into electrical energy...any form of light.
Solar cells work well to convert any form of visible light into electricity. Efficiency is around 5-10% for commercial cells.

Light is a form of electromagnetic radiation, and there are many forms of it, including radio waves, microwaves, infra-red, visible, ultraviolet, X-Rays and gamma rays. Different methods will work better for different types of light. But if you can turn it into heat, a thermo-electric generator will turn heat into electricity, or a Stirling Engine can drive a generator (but very inefficiently).

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