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New Hybrid Solar Cells Are 25 Percent More Efficient

Advancements in photovoltaic cells have been phenomenal over the years, but sadly we are still a long way from having a universally efficient solar power system in every home and commercial application. Fortunately for the future, scientists continue to find methods to create cheaper, more efficient systems that will pave the way for the future of sustainable energy.

One of the latest advancements in solar power technology is the reimagined photovoltaic cell created by scientists at the University of Cambridge. By harnessing more of the sun's spectrum than traditional silicon-based solar cells, the scientists' hybrid cells are capable of generating 25% more energy.

The new solar cell design is capable of absorbing both red and blue spectrums of light, while generating electrons from photons at a two-to-one ratio with the blue spectrum. Conventional solar cells lose blue photon energy as heat, meaning they are unable to convert approximately 34 percent of the sunlight they absorb into energy.

For more information on the research and the results of the project, you can read the findings in the recently published paper here.