Can solar cells be made from organic materials?



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    I’m not sure I would say they’re made directly from organic materials. But organic solar photovoltaics are gaining ground. These cells are made with carbon-compound based semiconductors rather than using the crystalline silicone that most photovoltaics do. However, organic photovoltaic’s performance is still considerably lower than the more common silicon panels. Science Daily says they’re around 5% efficient and silicon cells are about 15% efficient.

    But, since they’re not made with silicon, organic photovoltaics are cheaper, easier to produce and can be made flexible. Future uses could include putting them in clothing (you know, for when your ipod becomes a shirt) and could be used in flexible screens, of recharging cell phones and laptops. They could be applied as a kind of ink. But at this point they don’t last long.

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