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Caltech Makes Flexible, 86% Efficient Solar Arrays

February 28th, 2010 02:46 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

strredwolf writes “Caltech has released a flexible solar array that converts 95% of single-wavelength incandescent light and 86% of all sunlight into electricity. Instead of being flat-panel, they stand thin silicon wires in a plastic substrate that scatters the light onto them. The total composition is 98% plastic, 2% wire — the amount of silicon used is 1/50th that of ordinary panels. So as soon as they can get these to market, solar could be very viable and cheap to produce.”

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