MIT Develops Self-Repairing Solar Cells

8 September 2010 (Last Updated September 8th, 2010 18:30)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists have developed self-assembling photovoltaic technology that can repair itself to avoid loss in performance, it has been revealed. Scientists at the institute have created the technology, which imitates the plant's process of continu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists have developed self-assembling photovoltaic technology that can repair itself to avoid loss in performance, it has been revealed.

Scientists at the institute have created the technology, which imitates the plant's process of continuously converting sunlight into stored energy.

They have created a set of self-assembling molecules that can turn sunlight into electricity, where the molecules can be repeatedly broken down and then reassembled quickly by adding or removing an additional solution.