A professor at the University of California at Berkeley has developed a new cost-effective method to manufacture high-efficient solar cells. This new method has the potential to make these new solar cells at the same price as conventional solar cells.
The method to create these new cells involves growing thin film on top of a piece of glass or metal. The vapors needed in the process are less expensive than those usually used in the creation of solar cells. By reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of solar cells, these cells could become competitive with fossil fuels. This new approach is still in the early stages, but it could be the basis for creating solar cells using a variety of semiconductor materials.