Canadian researchers are hard at work on the next generation of solar cells.
By Tyler Irving
The words ‘solar power’ cause most people to picture large, bulky assemblies of dark silicon panels mounted on buildings or free-standing trackers. But what if solar power meant recharging your smartphone with a portable cell that rolls up like a piece of paper, or creating tinted windows that harvest the sun? These ideas are not as far- fetched as they sound. Canadian chemists and engineers across the country are at the leading edge of research into advanced solar technologies like dye-sensitized solar cells, organic photovoltaics and quantum dot solar cells. A breakthrough in any of these laboratories could radically change the way we think about solar power. ...
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