24 march 2016

Recycling sunlight: a solar cell revolution?

Scientists have found a way to recycle sunlight and boost the amount of energy captured from the sun's rays
By Jason Thomson, Christian Science Monitor March 24, 2016

The world of solar cells could be on the cusp of a revolution, as researchers seek to boost efficiency by harnessing the power to recycle light.

A new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, considers the properties of hybrid lead halide perovskites, a group of materials already making waves in solar cell technology, and demonstrates their ability to absorb energy from the sun, create electric charge, and then churn out some light energy of their own.

Moreover, the researchers demonstrated that such these cells can be produced cheaply, with easily synthesized materials, making the proposition much more commercially viable.

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