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New hybrid material dramatically improves solar technology
EddieStarr | October 17, 2008 at 02:01 amby
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" Ohio State University chemists have created a new material that could revolutionise photovoltaic solar panels.
Today's solar cell materials are sensitive to only a limited range of frequencies, they can only capture a small fraction of the energy contained in sunlight.
The new hybrid material - an electrically conductive plastic combined with metals including molybdenum and titanium - is the first that is sensitive to all the colours in the rainbow, allowing it to absorb ALL the energy contained in visible light at once.
Not only is the hybrid material more sensitive than normal solar panels, it also generates much more charge (more free electrons) than the researchers were expecting..."
The Future is Bright for Solar Technology
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