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Materials

Oxford Spin-Off To Print Solar Cells

by Marc S. Reisch
January 17, 2011 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 89, ISSUE 3

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Credit: Oxford Photovoltaics
Oxford physics professor Henry Snaith with a dye-sensitized solar cell he developed.
Credit: Oxford Photovoltaics
Oxford physics professor Henry Snaith with a dye-sensitized solar cell he developed.

Oxford Photovoltaics, a recent spin-off from Oxford University, has developed printable solar cells that it says can be manufactured at half the cost of current thin-film solar cells. Dye-sensitized solid organic semiconductor ink can be applied to glass or other surfaces in a variety of colors, but the firm says green is the most efficient at producing electricity.

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