Graphene may be game changer for so­lar elec­tric­ity

The sil­i­con so­lar panel may be­come a thing of the past if re­cent re­search into the prop­er­ties of graphene holds true.

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Re­searchers at the In­sti­tute of Pho­tonic Sciences in Spain have found that the sin­gle-cell-thick graphene has the abil­ity to con­vert pho­tons (light) to elec­trons (elec­tric­ity) with a higher ef­fi­ciency than the tra­di­tional sil­i­con. Sil­i­con gen­er­ates a sin­gle elec­tron for each pho­ton ab­sorbed, where graphene is prov­ing to gen­er­ate mul­ti­ple elec­trons from each pho­ton.

The find­ings may also have ap­pli­ca­tions for cam­eras, med­i­cal sen­sors and night vi­sion op­tics.

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