An article by The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Science Daily.
The Sun is our most promising source of clean and renewable energy. The energy that reaches Earth from the Sun in an hour is almost equivalent to that consumed by humans over a year. Solar cells can tap this massive source of energy by converting light into an electrical current. However, these devices still require significant improvements in efficiency before they can compete with more traditional energy sources.
Xiaogang Liu, Alfred Ling Yoong Tok and their co-workers at the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have now developed a method for using nanostructures to increase the fraction of incoming light that is absorbed by a light-harvesting material1. The method is ideal for use with high-efficiency solar cells.
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