Researchers Develop Recyclable Solar Cells From Trees
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have derived material from trees to create a new solar cell that they believe paves the way for recyclable, sustainable, and renewable solar-cell technology. (Source: Georgia Institute of Technology)
Nice story, Elizabeth. It will be interesting to see how this technology compares to existing technology on price. While the green aspect and the efficiency look good, it would be interesting to see cost comparisons.
This is one of the latest advancements in solar-cell research, as scientists try to make them more renewable, efficient, powerful and less dependent on non-organic materials. Trees are a natural fit for this technology, though it's interesting that the material taken from trees was used not in the electricity converter but the inert part of the panel that's usually made of plastic or glass.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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