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Tiny Structure Gives Big Boost to Solar Power

December 5, 2012

conventional solar cell; lost energy Princeton University researchers have found a simple and economic way to nearly triple the efficiency of organic solar cells, the cheap and flexible plastic devices that many scientists believe could be the future of solar power. Full Story

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