26 Sep '15, 2pm

New hybrid #solar cells generate 5 times more energy by harnessing sunlight + heat together:

Each generation of new solar cells is more efficient than the previous at turning the sun’s light into energy. Developers are attempting to make the cells more efficient, sometimes by simply adding more surface area as in these double-sided solar panels . However, even the latest iterations still fail to make use of much of the sun’s radiation, even though the solar cells are exposed to it. Hybridizing the material solar cells are composed of is one way to increase efficiency, so researchers are experimenting with various substances to make that happen. In this breakthrough, Eunkyoung Kim and colleagues utilized a clear, conductive polymer known as PEDOT and it worked better than expected.

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