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Solar Cells Thinner Than Wavelengths of Light

September 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Solar Cells Thinner Than Wavelengths of Light Hold Huge Power Potential
ScienceDaily (Sep. 27, 2010) — Ultra-thin solar cells can absorb sunlight more efficiently than the thicker, more expensive-to-make silicon cells used today, because light behaves differently at scales around a nanometer (a billionth of a meter), say Stanford engineers. They calculate that by properly configuring the thicknesses of several thin layers of films, an organic polymer thin film could absorb as much as 10 times more energy from sunlight than was thought possible.

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