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Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials
April 3, 2014
Researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible. This breakthrough could make the sun almost a "one-stop shop" that produces both the materials for solar devices and the eternal energy to power them.
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