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.