Monday August 20, 2012

IBM Breaks Efficiency Mark with Novel Solar Material

According to MIT, researchers at IBM worked with a thin-film solar company in Japan to attain higher solar efficiencies for solar cells using materials that are more abundant than current thin-film cells.

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IBM photovoltaic scientists Teodor Todorov and David Mitzi on Friday detailed the findings of a paper that showed the highest efficiency to date for solar cells made from a combination of copper, zinc, tin, and selenium (CZTS). Published in Advanced Energy Materials, the technical paper described a CZTS solar cell able to convert 11.1 percent of solar energy to electricity.

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