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Solar cells made from a combination of silicon and a complex perovskite have reached a new milestone for efficiency. The new tandem devices, made by Steve Albrecht and colleagues at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany, have a photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 29.15%, beating out the previous best reported value of 26.2%. They also retain 95% of their initial efficiency even after 300 hours of operation and have an open-circuit voltage as high as 1.92 V.

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