Journal of NanophotonicsCommentary: Environmental nanophotonics and energy
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The reasons nanophotonics is proving central to meeting the need for large gains in energy efficiency and renewable energy supply are analyzed. It enables optimum management and use of environmental energy flows at low cost and on a sufficient scale by providing spectral, directional and temporal control in tune with radiant flows from the sun, and the local atmosphere. Benefits and problems involved in large scale manufacture and deployment are discussed including how managing and avoiding safety issues in some nanosystems will occur, a process long established in nature.