Chia Pet meets the solar cell

Energy & Sustainability Science
Chia Pet meets the solar cell
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Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have come up with a way of making solar photovoltaic cells more efficient by making them fuzzy with nanowires.

Boosting solar cell efficiency
The idea is [to] use nanowires to more efficiently conduct electrons from the collection surface of the solar cell to an electrode. Contemporary thin-film solar cells provide no direct conduit for electron travel.

If the process scales well, it has the potential to dramatically improve the efficiency of next-generation solar photovoltaic panels.


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4 thoughts on “Chia Pet meets the solar cell

  1. Anonymous says:

    This picture is actually GaN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST.)
    http://www.boulder.nist.gov/div815/SGD_Project/Accomplishments.htm

  2. Dalton Helton says:

    would you be interested in an art contest with chia seeds if so go to chachia.me/tenors

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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