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New Solar Cell Developed (Image 2)

November 4, 2010
A close-up view of the brown, light-absorbing material for the 3-D solar cell, grown on optical fiber by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Led by Zhong Lin Wang, regents professor in the Georgia Tech School of Materials Science and Engineering, the researchers developed the solar cell using zinc oxide nanostructures that were grown on optical fibers and coated with dye-sensitized solar cell materials. Wang says the new optical fibers could be used to conduct sunlight into the walls of a building, where nanostructures would convert it to electricity. The new technology could allow photovoltaic (PV) systems to be hidden from view, giving architects and designers new options for incorporating PV into buildings, vehicles and even military equipment. To learn more about this research, see the Georgia Tech news story, "Hidden Solar Cells: Three-dimensional System Based on Optical Fiber Could Provide New Options for Photovoltaics." [Research supported by National Science Foundation grants DMS 07-06436 and CMMI 04-03671.] (Date of Image: October 2009) [Image 2 of 4 related images. See Image 3.]