Looking a little like the world-saving stones from sci-fi classic The Fifth Element, a new device is expected to have a big impact on renewable energy.
Built by Mark Keevers and Martin Green from the University of New South Wales UNSW , the unique prism could help make solar panels cheaper and more efficient.
The prism has a sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency rate of 34.5 percent, Keevers told Mashable Australia.
The number has been independently confirmed by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory USNREL , Keevers added.
The USNREL has been contacted for comment.
"Right now, this is a proof of concept prototype," Keevers said.