Efficient solar cells coming soon

Justin Hodgkiss in the laser laboratory

Revolutionary nanotechnology allowing householders to harness enough energy from the sun's rays to free them from mounting electricity bills is just around the corner.

Wellington scientist Justin Hodgkiss is at the forefront of the global race to develop commercially viable printable energy- generating solar cells. The cells could transform life in the Third World and free the First World from the costly shackles of the electricity grid.

Hodgkiss says the basic science allowing cheap, effective solar cells to go to the mass market will be ready in a decade.

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