Researchers reach a milestone in solar energy

By Jeannie Kever, My SA

Researchers are working to capture the sun’s rays more efficiently and turn them into electricity, using a solar panel no thicker than a plastic grocery bag.

Officials with Houston’s Phillips 66 said Tuesday their partnership with California start-up Solarmer Energy and a Chinese university has yielded the most efficient polymer-based organic solar cell yet, a milestone that puts them closer to marketing the technology.

Byron Johnson, manager of sustainability technologies at Phillips 66, said the work reflects the company’s commitment to renewable technologies, even though its core business remains oil.

“Most of our work involves petrochemicals,” he said. “That is our business. But we want to understand all energy sources… Read more

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