Transparent, flexible, organic, abundant materials, and cheap solar cells to become widespread

How great would it be if we can generate energy from just about every surface around?

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via Transparent, flexible, organic, abundant materials, and cheap solar cells to become widespread – FUTURISTECH INFO.

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The dwindling resources for conventional energy sources make renewable energy an exciting and increasingly important avenue of research. However, even seemingly new and green forms of energy production, like silicon-based solar cells, are not as cost effective as they could be.  An OIST research team led by Yabing Qi is investigating solar cells based on organic materials that have electrodes both flexible and transparent, enabling the fabrication of these solar cells at a low cost. In a recent paper published in the journal Organic Electronics, Qi and his research group characterized the electrodes made with new materials, including plastic, conductive material and zinc oxide. They also successfully identified methods by which to clean the electrodes to restore their conductivity and work…

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