To avoid battery waste but still make the Internet of Things possible, my colleagues and I are helping develop a new type of smart solar cell that can adapt to the amount of available light, meaning it can work indoors. These cells can even outperform extremely efficient versions that are normally used for trips into space. They’re also based on a surprising discovery, that some solar cells can work better when the liquid electrolyte built into them dries out. For this reason, we call them “zombie solar cells”.
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