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Taking Solar Technology Up a Notch
May 23, 2012
The limitations of conventional and current solar cells include high-production cost, low operating efficiency and durability, and many cells rely on toxic and scarce materials. Northwestern University researchers have developed a solar cell that, in principle, will minimize these limitations. In particular, the new solid-state solar cell is the first to solve the problem of the promising but leaky Grätzel cell.
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