Breakthrough in solar cell research results in patent

Research physicists Domenico de Ceglia, Neset Akozbek, Dr. Michael Scalora and Maria Antonietta Vincenti (left to right), assess the solar cell transmission, reflection, absorption properties using a tunable laser source. (U.S. Army photo by Nikki Montgomery)

Research physicists Domenico de Ceglia, Neset Akozbek, Dr. Michael Scalora and Maria Antonietta Vincenti (left to right), assess the solar cell transmission, reflection, absorption properties using a tunable laser source. (U.S. Army photo by Nikki Montgomery)

By Nikki Montgomery, AMRDEC Public Affairs

U.S. Army researchers have developed a tiny photovoltaic solar cell for the conversion of light energy into electrical energy that it resulted in a patent.

The patent reveals a new kind of photovoltaic solar cell with significantly reduced size and cost compared with current solar cells.

Dr. Michael Scalora, a research physicist at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, described the invention as a “breakthrough,” which he hopes will be the basis for further technological progress.

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