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February 21, 2009

New Solar Energy Material Captures the Rainbow

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a new solar cell material that can absorb all of the energy contained in sunlight. Current solar cell materials capture only a small range of frequencies of light, meaning they capture only part of the energy contained in sunlight. Since the new material is able to absorb all of the light frequencies from sunlight at once, it can be said to capture all of the colors of the rainbow.

Computer-aided molecular design was used to explore different molecular configurations. According to Malcolm Chisholm, Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Ohio State, a commercial version of the new material is several years away. However, the research that has been completed is proof of concept that the new material is viable.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at February 21, 2009 2:33 AM
category: Artificial Invention

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