An innovative, flexible near-perfect broadband absorber could triple the efficiency of solar cells.
Created by a team from the University of San Diego, the nanoparticle-based material is able to absorb more than 87 percent of near-infrared light, as well as absorb light from any angle. The team also believes the material can be ‘tuned’ to provide selective absorption of light, though they are still in the prototype phase.
The material could help increase solar panel efficiency by protecting the panel from heat, or could be applied to windows to help keep interiors cool.
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