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Extremely Lightweight Solar Cells is the Future of Renewables

MIT researchers revealed that light solar cells can be the future of renewables with its superior solar power-weight performance.

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As renewable solar cells and the Internet of Things have become the mainstream, the renewable energy revolution is on its way according to a new study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

It seems like a move to entirely renewable energy within 20 years is really possible.

According to the study of Professor Vladimir Bulovic Wang and doctoral student Joel Jean published at the Organic Electronics, scientist can build light weight yet efficient solar cells. It has been said to be of a great magnitude thinner and lighter as described by Max Shtein of University of Michigan. It has tremendous implications for maximizing power-to-weight.

Bulovic told the publication that the key to this new concept is making three in once process which includes the cell, the substrate and the protective coating. The substrate should not be cleaned or be removed from vacuum during fabrication process to minimize dust exposure that can degrade over all solar cell performance.

Materials were also meticulously chosen and tested for production process especially in the in-line substrate, they also considered thin-fil substrate like perovskites, quantum dots and other organic layers. And to demonstrate the lightweight solar cells, they draped a working cell on top a soap bubble, without actually popping it. Wow!

This is definitely revolutionary. Imagine the convenience and advancement it could make to all our gadgets and tools if this is mass produced? We’ll see.

Stay tuned for more renewable tech updates!

Source:  inhabitat

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Hina Sapra

Content Writer, South Asia. Hina is a former news correspondent at Times of India


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