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Nanotechnology to boost solar outcomes

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article image Magnolia Solar will use nano-structured optical coatings to minimise reflection losses and enhance light trapping for its flexible CIGS and III-V solar cells.

US-based Magnolia Solar says it is pioneering the use of nanotechnology to boost the performance of its solar cells.

Magnolia Solar will use nano-structured optical coatings to minimise reflection losses and enhance light trapping for its flexible CIGS and III-V solar cells, boosting performance and lowering costs.

The US company also says it is developing a way to apply novel nano structured designs to the absorber layer of high-performance III-V and CIGS solar cells in order to reduce recombination losses and increase the capture of low-energy photons.

Magnolia Solar may also opt to use other emerging technical approaches to achieve flexible photovoltaic power, including the growth of copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) cells on flexible substrates and the epitaxial liftoff (ELO) of III-V devices onto thin metal film.

The company is working closely with the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) institution.

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