The results of this research may have the potential to design solar panels without semi-conductors, which consist of a the majority of a solar cell's processing, eliminating it may see huge reductions in costs.
Fisher notes that a solar cell using this new energy harvesting technique would only require lenses to focus the light and fiber to carry it. “Glass works for both,” said Fisher, ”it’s already made in bulk, and it doesn’t require as much processing. Transparent ceramics might be even better.”
I've been waiting for solar panels to be integrated into windows on all forms of buildings. This sounds like it's a definite step, if not a sizable leap, in that direction!
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