It's a technological advancement that can dramatically improve the efficiency of converting solar energy into electrical energy.
A team of engineers and scientists at the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science has found a way to overcome difficulties in mass-producing solar panels in a cost-effective way.
The scientists constructed a top electrical contactor a thin suspended polymer layer.. on vertically aligned nanowires.
Vertically aligned nanowires over an extended area are considered as an ideal platform for developing advanced devices for energy harvesting and storage.
This new development of light-absorbing nanowires, make better solar panels that can absorb up to 40-percent of energy instead of the average 20-percent.
[Interview : Lee Woo, Researcher
Korea Research Inst. of Standards & Science] "This method, based on the vertical alignment of nanowires, may open up new opportunities for developing advanced nanowire-based devices for energy harvest and storage power generation and sensing applications."
The team says this is a stride forward in using nanotechnology for more efficient solar cells.
This research has been published in the scientific journal "Advanced Materials."
Connie Lee, Arirang News.