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New film could pave the way for the next generation in solar energy

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

A thin film made from barium zirconium sulphide has been found to have special properties that allow it to absorb light and transport charge better than existing silicon based solar panels.

Experimental results from the University of Buffalo have shown that the film could reduce solar energy costs and continue to perform well even with a number of imperfections – such as scratches and blemishes.

Furthermore, barium zirconium sulphide is non-toxic and abundant across the world.

Commercialisation could see a brand new and far more effective direction being taken in the generation of solar energy.

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