Black Silicon to Revolutionize Solar Cells, Consumer Electronics

Pulkit Chandna

Researchers around the globe are trying to make solar panels more efficient and inexpensive. Now, a semiconductor material discovered in the 1990’s might come to their aid.

SIOnyx, a startup stationed in Massachusetts, is leading efforts to commercialize black silicon , which is being tipped to supplant silicon in future solar panels as it’s 100 to 500 times more photosensitive than silicon.

Black silicon is being incorporated into sensor-based chips that will in turn be used in night vision equipment. It will inevitably be integrated in future digital cameras and video cameras.

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