29 Jan '14, 12pm

Future solar cells could be made from wood fibers

Future solar cells could be made from wood fibers

The one downside to solar technologies is what materials are used to make them. From rare earth metals to plastics, solar cells can be made from a host of not so environmentally-friendly items. In the future though, solar cells may be green energy producers and greenly produced. Researchers from University of Maryland, the South China University of Technology, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have developed a new type of paper made from wood fibers that is 96 percent transparent and could ultimately replace the plastic substrates that solar cells are made on. Not only would that mean that solar cells would be more environmentally friendly, but they'd be cheaper to make and even perform better. Phys.org reports , "As the researchers explain, solar cell performance benefits when materials possess both a high optical transparency (to allow for good light transmission) a...

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