Multi-institutional team extracts more energy from sunlight with advanced solar panels

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Silicon solar panels are reaching their technological limit, but researchers are experimenting by combining silicon with other materials to squeeze more energy out of sunlight. Electrical and computer engineering professor Larry Lee led a new study that could boost the efficiency of consumer solar panels by 50%.

Associated journal article: Fan, S. et al (2020). “Current-Matched III–V/Si Epitaxial Tandem Solar Cells with 25.0% Efficiency.” Cell Reports Physical Science 1(9), 100208. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrp.2020.100208

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