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Tiny Crystals Could Oust Traditional Solar Absorbers

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Traditional absorbers in thin film-based solar cells may have some competition in a new technique that incorporates nontoxic and relatively common elements. The new approach, developed by a team from the University of Nantes, uses sulfide materials that contain copper, tin and zinc (known as kesterites) as solar cell absorbers. This could result in technology that is more sustainable than rare, precious metals. A scanning electron microscopy image of kesterite single crystals. Courtesy of A. Lafond, Institut of Materials Jean Rouxel, Nantes, France. In the study, the...Read full article

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