Gallery: Scientists Create Gorgeous Nanoflowers for Next-Gen Solar Cell...


When it comes to capturing the energy of the sun, what better model is there than photosynthetic plants? Researchers at North Carolina State University have cultivated a beautiful crop of germanium sulfide (GeS) “nanoflowers” that could be used to create next generation solar cells and ultra high-density energy storage systems. The nanoflowers have petals that resemble those of a geranium or marigold – although they’re only 20-30 nanometers thick and they’re capable of storing much more energy than traditional energy storage cells.

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  1. Genifer January 6, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    What is the Deposition technique followed to coat this solar cell?

  2. Zio October 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I wonder how big you can grow them? Oh and when can if ever the public buy functional cells of this type? Be wary of initial offers to buy out this self-assembling inexpensive solar technology, it might be more fun to ride it out through it’s progression in industry. Lest it be shelved and forgotten like all the other greatest solar breakthroughs. In contracts maintain production rights and rights in general at 55-70% minimum. This is special solar technology, I can see the process will extend into other materials, so the method patents are very important.

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