19 Oct '17, 10am

Light-manipulating algae could boost solar power technology

Organic solar cells usually suffer from a design issue: they need to have thin layers, so their efficiency is restricted. Nanostructures that trap and scatter light can help overcome that issue – but are typically too expensive for production on a large scale. Not so with cheap diatoms. The researchers put the algae – abundant in nature – right in the solar cells’ active layer. They saw the same electrical output levels even as they cut the amount of material necessary for the active layer.

Full article: https://inhabitat.com/light-manipulating-algae-could-boos...

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