Gallery: New Photosensitizing Dyes Create More Efficient Solar Panels

 

Researchers at the University of Buffalo have created a new class of photosensitizing dyes that will give a one-two punch to the efficiency of solar energy systems, making both solar electricity panels and clean-burning hydrogen fuel generators more efficient. The new dye-sensitized solar cells function by turning solar energy directly into an electrical current — they bypass the complex system of conductors needed in most solar panels, making them cheaper to produce.

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