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Carbon nanotubes could power up solar cells

Researchers have designed a computer modelling system that determines the energy absorption of carbon nanotubes, finding them to be the most efficient option for manufacturing solar panels and cells.

The nano layers of carbon also offer more accessible, environmentally-friendly and cost efficient alternatives to silicon, which is in relatively short supply, onerous and sometimes toxic to produce.

Researchers say the computer model could create optimal combinations of nanotube structures to phase out silicon and improve solar cells and build more sustainable electricity grids.

Read more at Flinders University

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