What sets this device apart from other solar technology is that high efficiency solar cells are placed straight onto the microelectronics rather than having a stand-alone solar cell a development that greatly improves manufacturing efficiency
The solar microchips use amorphous silicon or CIGS (copper - indium - gallium - selenide) solar cells to generate their own power
Researchers at the University of Twente's MESA Institute for Nanotechnology has allowed for the direct placement of solar cells onto microelectronics
In a new, more efficient approach to solar powered microelectronics, researchers have produced a microchip which directly integrates photovoltaic cells. While harnessing sunlight to power microelectronics isn't new, conventional set-ups use a separate solar cell and battery. What sets this device apart from is that high-efficiency solar cells are placed straight onto the electronics, producing self-sufficient, low-power devices which are highly suitable for industrial serial production and can even operate indoors.
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