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“Artificial leaf” generates electricity

Solar cells that mimic nature have been created at North Carolina State University where water-gel-based artificial leaves containing chlorophyll produce electricity. Lead researcher Orlin Velev says the “natural” solar cells have the potential to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than current silicon-based solar cells. The bendable devices are composed of water-based gel infused […]

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MIT scientists create self-assembling solar cell

One of the problems with common photovoltaic cells is that the sun’s rays can be highly destructive to the materials used in the cell, leading to a gradual degradation of its performance. But plants have adopted an interesting strategy to address this issue: They constantly break down their light-capturing molecules and reassemble them from scratch, […]

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