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`Leaf-inspired` wrinkles and twists `may up solar panels’ power output`

Washington, Apr 28 : Taking their cue from the humble leaf, researchers have used microscopic folds on the surface of photovoltaic material to considerably increase the power output of flexible, low-cost solar cells.

The team, led by scientists from Princeton University, showed that the folds resulted...

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"However, when I actually constructed solar cells on top of the folded surface, its effect was better than my expectations."
"I expected that it would increase the photocurrent because the folded surface is quite similar to the morphology of leaves, a natural system with high light harvesting efficiency" said Kim, a postdoctoral...

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