To really understand how important nanotechnology will be we have to really understand the nano-scale. If you could shrink yourself to around 1500 times smaller than you are now you would find yourself in an alien world, at this size there would not be anything that you would recognize, no longer would there be any furniture and there would be no wood, plastics or cloth, at least not in any form you would recognize.
Everything you would see would consist of its constituent elements, the atoms themselves. Everything around you would be constructed from just atoms. Just like the molecular models you may have played with in your science classes at school. Now with nanotechnology imagine you have the power to arrange those atoms into any arrangement that you can to begin building items you need. You can now build all kinds of fantastic items from new medicines and superfast computer chips. Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas of scientific research today.
How will nanotechnology help us? When we talk about nanotechnology it is often very difficult to quantify, when we live in a world where we only understand the meter scale. It is almost impossible to consider how it can help with the planets problems like HIV/AIDS, poverty or the energy crisis. Everything seems to lose meaning at a scale many times smaller than a bacterium. Yet it is at the nano-scale where we can manipulate the atoms themselves.
We are working at a completely new level of understanding, at the level where we can see and begin to understand just how it is that atoms interact with each other. In the case of Wising Century Solartech Limited, it is the interaction of photons of light and how they excite atoms to produce the small amount of electrical charge that over the large scale generates enough for us to harness.
We live in the scale of meters. We know kilometers (1000’s of meters), we know centimeters (100 fractions of a meter) and we are comfortable with millimeters (1000 fractions of a meter). We may even be wary of the micrometer scale, whenever you see an electron micrograph of the tiniest bug in all their gory detail; you are looking at the micro-scale, a scale that goes down to the millionth of a meter. The nano-scale will take you to a whole new level, a billionth of a meter. The level is as follows; 1 nm (nanometer) is 1000 million times smaller than 1 m (meter).
Sheet of paper
= 100,000 nm thickness
= 10,000 nm thickness
= 200 nm in length
= 100 nm wide
= 10 nm in length
DNA strand = 2 nm in diameter
An Atom = 0.1 nm in diameter