Date: May 18, 2011, 12:58 am
by: DANIEL MORIZONO
|Inside the Yang laboratories, one student places a solar cell under a sunlight simulator, a device that reproduces natural sunlight. After a few seconds, he is able to determine how well the cell transforms the sun’s energy into electricity. |
He is one of several dozen researchers conducting research in the field of organic solar cells under materials science and engineering Professor Yang Yang.
|While most solar panels are made from silicon, which increases manufacturing costs, Yang and his researchers focus on developing solar cells from organic photovoltaic technology, which uses plastic in place of metal.||Professor Yang Yang of the Materials Science Department recently developed new solar panel technology using certain chemical compounds.|
This UCLA technology is now used by Solarmer, a solar energy company that houses a number of Yang’s research group.
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