27 Jun '14, 6pm

Solar cell manufacturing breakthrough could make solar as cost effective as fossil fuels. #solarenergy #greentech

Researchers at Liverpool University, UK, have developed a new manufacturing method, which could bring down the cost of making a particular type of solar cell. The research team has found a way of replacing the toxic element in the process. A technical advance based on an edible salt used in the manufacture of tofu could revolutionize the production of future solar panels to make them less expensive, more flexible and easier to use than the current models seen on millions of roofs across Britain. Researchers believe they have found a way of overcoming one of the most serious limitations of the next generation of solar panels, which are based on toxic cadmium chloride, by simply adding magnesium chloride, an abundant salt found in seawater. Scientists who have looked into the process say this could have a “massive, unexpected cost benefit.” The research was published in the ...

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