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April 26th, 2010
A new solar cell technology developed at Wake Forest University has won a European patent and is moving toward U.S. patent approval.
The technology doubles energy production of flat solar cells at a fraction of the cost.
"This device can make a huge difference," said David Carroll, director of Wake Forest's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, where the fiber cell was developed.
The new solar cells are stamped with millions of tiny plastic fibers that can collect sunlight at different angles - even when the sun is rising and setting. Flat-cell technology captures light primarily when the sun is directly above.
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