MIT OI Contest for Students to Find Clean Energy Solutions
The IdeaConnection website reported that the MIT Clean Energy Prize, a US-nationwide open innovation contest for graduate and undergraduate students to find the most innovative clean energy solutions, was awarded to Picasolar, a student start-up from the University of Arkansas who’ve developed a patent-pending technology (Hydrogen Selective Emitter – HSE) that aims to increase the efficiency of solar cells by 15 percent. It works by fixing electron-absorbing flaws on the surfaces of silicon solar cells. The team estimates that this could save solar cell manufacturers up to $20 million annually.
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