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"OSU researchers find microwave ovens may be tapped for cheaper solar energy"

Researchers at Oregon State University have figured out how to use microwave heating to process copper zinc tin sulfide, a promising solar cell compound that is less costly and toxic than some solar energy alternatives.

"OSU researchers find microwave ovens may be tapped for cheaper solar energy"

This microwave oven technology is being used to produce solar cells with less energy, expense and environmental concerns. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Oregon State University)

by Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon
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That same microwave oven you use to heat up leftovers may hold the key to making thin-film solar products using less energy, less cash and taking a smaller toll on the environment.

Researchers at Oregon State University have figured out how to use microwave heating to process copper zinc tin sulfide, a promising solar cell compound that is less costly and toxic than some solar energy alternatives.

"All of the elements used in this new compound are benign and inexpensive, and should have good solar cell performance," said Greg Herman, an associate professor at OSU's School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering in a press release.

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