EDMONTON, Alberta, June 21 (UPI) — Canadian scientists say they have succeeded in increasing the operating life of an unsealed plastic solar cell from hours to eight months.
Researchers from the University of Alberta and Canada’s National Institute for Nanotechnology led by David Rider said they created a longer-lasting, polymer coating for the solar cell’s electrode — which extracts electricity from the cell.
Prior to the polymer-coating breakthrough, the research team said its plastic solar cell could only operate at high capacity for about 10 hours, but their advanced solar cell performed at high capacity for eight months before it was damaged during transit between laboratories.
The research appears in the June 22 issue of the journal Advanced Functional Materials.
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