Nanostructures Will Raise Thin-Film Solar Cell Efficiency

Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 03:35 in Physics & Chemistry

Thanks to nanostructures that scatter and channel light, electrical engineers are working toward thin-film "single junction" solar cells with the potential for nearly 45 percent sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. This new effort aims to break the theoretical limit of 31 percent efficiency for conventional single junction cells.

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