03 Sep '12, 3pm

IBM Develops High Efficiency Solar Cell Using Abundant Materials

IBM Develops High Efficiency Solar Cell Using Abundant Materials

Thin-film solar cells have a host of potential applications. Because they're thin, lightweight and flexible, the cells could be placed on a variety of surfaces and be incorporated into structures or even fabrics. Researchers have spent a lot of time working on increasing their efficiency, which lags behind their rigid silicon counterparts, but is consistently getting closer and closer. The major problem though is that the materials that most thin-film cells are made of are becoming increasingly scarce because of the growing demand. CIGS cells, which stands for copper, indium, gallium and selenium, are the most common thin-film solar cell, but three of those metals are what's known as hitchhiker metals, or those that are only available as a byproduct of the mining of another material. These hitchhiker metals, as we've reported before , are becoming harder to come by as dema...

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