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Slim and Cheap - Organic Solar Cells

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May 14, 2012
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Organic solar cells provide new hope for future energy generation, and researchers in Dresden now want to make this option commercially viable. It’s a fascinating proposition: once the technology’s weak spots are overcome - low durability, limited efficiency - then these ultra-thin and flexible solar cells could see almost unlimited scope, being transferred onto facades, cars, mobile phones and even handbags.


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