There are fundamentally 2 type of solar cell technology today, namely silicon based and organic solar cells. The two types of cells themselves are very different in many aspects such as weight, flexibility,cost and efficiency. Here is an interesting visit with one researcher at the Centre for Solar Energy Research, Dr Rachael Rowlands-Jones as she explains how cadmium telluride thin film solar cells are made.
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About Gordon Smith Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.