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New "Near Perfect" Solar Design Could Change Entire Industry

November 7th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

DailyTech – New “Near Perfect” Solar Design Could Change Entire Industry

New coated cell 43 percent more efficient, can be easily produced with current production lines

The new RPI solar cell is a normal cell covered in a special anti-reflective coating which traps sunlight from nearly every angle and part of the spectrum.  The new cell is near perfect; it absorbs 96.21 percent of the sunlight shined on it, while a normal cell could only absorb 67.4 percent.  That 43 percent efficiency boost, coupled with mass production, if properly implemented could place solar on the verge of competing unsubsidized with coal power, at last.

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