NREL study says certain defects in silicon solar cells could improve performance

By Kelly Pickerel

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are studying what may seem paradoxical–certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance.

The findings run counter to conventional wisdom, according to Pauls Stradins, the principal scientist and a project leader of the silicon photovoltaics group at NREL.

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