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"Swiss Cheese" Solar Cells Use Less Silicon

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COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 10, 2011 — A new design for thin-film solar cells that requires significantly less silicon — and may boost their efficiency — is the result of an industry and academia collaboration between Oerlikon Solar in Switzerland and the Institute of Physics' photovoltaics group at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. One long-term option for low-cost, high-yield industrial production of solar panels from abundant raw materials can be found in amorphous silicon solar cells and microcrystalline silicon tandem cells (micromorph), providing an energy payback within a year. A...Read full article

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