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CIGS solar cells from Empa break efficiency record

By / January 25, 2013

High-efficiency flexible CIGS solar cells developed at Empa. Credit: Empa. (From Materials Views) Scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed thin film solar cells on flexible foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4 percent for converting sunlight into electricity. The cells are based on CIGS semiconducting material…

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Aerogel plaster to restore historic buildings [updated]

By / January 11, 2011

Aerogel plaster is sprayed onto walls of historic buildings. (Credit: Empa) Renovating any historic structure is a project that comes with numerous challenges, one of which is how to insulate the interior without altering the appearance of the exterior. One group says that aerogel may be the key to solving this dilemma. Researchers at the…

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