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CEI researchers illuminate ways to heal defects in solar cells

Electrical energy fuels our modern lives, from the computer screen that keeps us up after sunset to the coffee maker that greets us at sunrise. But the electricity underlying our 21stcentury world, by and large, is generated at a cost — through the unsustainable expenditure of fossil fuels. For decades this demand for cheap, fast and non-renewable electricity has promoted pollution and global warming.

The key to reversing this downward spiral is deleting the “non” in “non-renewable electricity.” In a paper published May 24 in the journal Nature Communications, an international team shows that cheap energy in the form of solar cells is closer than we think, despite the long history behind the development of this technology.

Read more from UW News and Information and previous articles about the research of CEI Graduate Fellow Dane deQuilettes and CEI Assistant Director Ginger’s research:

UW researchers illuminate ways to heal defects in solar cells

CEI Research on Perovskite Solar Cells Featured in Science

Photo-induced halide redistribution in organic–inorganic perovskite films

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