Using what they call the "nanoscale sandwich" technique, researchers have created ultra-thin solar cells that are just as efficient as conventional thicker ones (Photo via Shutterstock)
A diagram of the "nanoscale sandwich" structure
We certainly hear a lot about solar cells that are able to convert larger and larger percentages of the sun’s energy into electricity. That’s all very well and good, but if those more-efficient solar cells are too expensive, they will still ultimately prove impractical for everyday use. Researchers from North Carolina State University, however, have found a way of creating “ultra-thin” solar cells that should create just as much electricity as their thicker siblings, but at a lower cost.
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