New Solar Cells Capture Double the Amount of Energy from the Sun

A lot of people are excited about solar energy, and with good reason: It’s clean, renewable, and as manufacturing capabilities ramp up, an increasingly realistic way to power our world. On April 30th, 2017, Germany met 85% of its power needs from energy collected by solar panels. And that’s with solar cells only capturing about 25% of the available solar energy. Now a team from GW School of Engineering and Applied Science has produced a remarkably designed solar cell that collects nearly half of it. It’s been believed that the upper limit for the efficiency of conventional solar cells is about 30%, so this could be a big deal.

 

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