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Quantum dots make an early appearance at 16.6% efficiency

There is not a day that goes by without one researcher or other claiming a breakthrough in solar, but the one this week comes from engineers at the University of Queensland where Professor Lianzhou Wang and his team say they have broken records in the yields for quantum dots. Conversion was previously at around 13.4% of energy alighting on them, but Wang has now increased that to 16.6% and the US National Energy Research Laboratory has recognized it as a record. What can we take out of this and over what time frames? In an earlier life we witnessed the emergence from research paper to live products, as quantum dots were introduced into the TV space as a way of…

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