Gallery: MIT Team Develops All-Carbon Solar Cell That Generates Energy ...

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Currently 40% of the solar energy that reaches Earth lies in the near-infra-red region of the spectrum, and while most photovoltaic devices are unable to harness this energy, a team at MIT has created an all-carbon solar cell that absorbs this infra-red heat radiation.  The team believe that their all-carbon solar cell will lead to the development of combination solar cells, that use both traditional silicon-based cells and the new all-carbon cells to generate even more energy!

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