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New Process Fabricates Efficient Reclyclable Solar Cells Using Natural Substrates
Snapshot: Solar cells fabricated on optically transparent cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) films reach a power conversion efficiency of 2.7 percent, an unprecedented figure for cells on substrates derived from renewable raw materials. Additionally, these solar cells can be easily separated and recycled into their major components using low-energy processes at room temperature, opening the door for a truly recyclable solar cell technology.
Solar cells fabricated on cellulose nanocrystal films open the door for truly recyclable solar cell technology. Thinkstock