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July 2nd, 2007
Scientists have long struggled to create a new kind of solar cell, one made of plastic that would be lightweight, flexible, and more efficient than the more familiar silicon solar cells.
And now they're getting closer. Earth & Sky spoke with David Carroll of Wake Forest University about his recent success using nanotechnology to improve the efficiency of plastic solar cells. He's developed a method to embed nano-sized balls of carbon known as "fullerenes" into light-absorbing plastic.
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