These cells use 1% of the material of a standard cell but have similar performance.
They are small enough to conform to complex or flexible surfaces. A solar powered jacket some day? Maybe.
Another benefit is that if one cell in an array dies, the array only loses a small percentage of its generating capability.
The cells are currently 14.9% efficient which falls comfortably above the bottom of the range of current solar cells. I expect that further development will increase their efficiency.
You can read more in this press release from Sandia Labs
I am studying the latest sources of technology that apply to the Sun. Solar energy and solar panels are interesting subjects. There are solar services available all over the US. Even some solar collectors to help you recharge electronic devices such as a laptop computer or a cell phone. When new information comes in, you can find out about it here.
This solar energy cartoon came in the email the other day that I thought I should share with you:
Once I decipher the signature I will give the Artist full credit.
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