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With the Help of Nanotechnology, UK University Developing Advanced PV Materials

Researchers at Durham University in the United Kingdom are constructing novel light-absorbing materials for use in thin-layer solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, which are used to convert light energy into electricity. Over the next four years, the university’s experiments will focus on finding materials that would both cost less and be more sustainable for use in the manufacturing of solar panels. Current solar panel manufacturing involves thicker silicon-based cells and expensive and rare metals. The research is being funded by the UK’s SUPERGEN Initiative, an initiative of the BBSRC, the UK’s leading funding agency for basic and strategic biological research.

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