Japan's new solar panel technology might forever alter the renewables market

All thanks to perovskite solar panel technology

Photo collage of solar panels, a perovskite stone, and vintage sun illustrations
Perovskite panels are thin and flexible
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For a long time, the solar panel market was dominated by China because of that country's control of the silicon supply chain. But the solar-panel tides may be turning, as Japan has created a solar panel that does not use silicon and instead uses a mineral-created material called perovskite. The new panels have caught up to the efficiency of traditional solar panels and are opening the door for a upheaval in the global renewables market.

A new solar system

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