As crazy as it sounds, solar panels actually respond to pop music! Scientists in the UK have discovered that a certain type of experimental panel drastically increases efficiency if loud music is played nearby. Anthony explains how this works.

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Solar panels perform better when listening to music
"The sound vibrations that make up music can make solar panels work harder, according to new research, and pop music performs better than classical."

Solar panels perform better when listening to music
"Acoustic vibrations are shown to enhance the photovoltaic efficiency of a P3HT/ZnO nanorod solar cell by up to 45%, correlated to a three-fold increase in charge carrier lifetime."

Black silicon solar cells with record 18.7% efficiency
"Scientists at Aalto University, Finland and Fraunhofer ISE, Germany report an efficiency of 18.7% for black silicon solar cells, the highest efficiency reported so far for a black silicon solar cell."

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World Record Solar Cell with 44.7% Efficiency
"The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin jointly announced today having achieved a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells."

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