Gallery: Northwestern University Develops More Efficient Organic Solar ...


Solar technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past several years as traditionally expensive single-crystal silicon solar cells are eclipsed by organic solar cells (solar cells that use organic materials to absorb light and convert it into electricity). However researchers at Northwestern University have taken the next evolutionary step (literally) in the process by using a mathematical search algorithm based on natural evolution to pinpoint a specific geometric pattern that is optimal for capturing and holding light in thin-cell organic solar cells.

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