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==Future Development==
 
==Future Development==
Current development has been primarily focused on improving the conversion efficiency of the solar cell.  The amount of radiant light converted to actual electricity is the key.  Now efficiency levels top out around 30% for our gallium arsenide solar cells.  Currently there are a few types of solar cells that can produce a better efficiency rate than that of the gallium arsenide solar cell.
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Current development has been primarily focused on improving the conversion efficiency of the solar cell.  The amount of radiant light converted to actual electricity is the key.  Now efficiency levels top out around 30% for our gallium arsenide solar cells.  Currently there are a few types of solar cells that can produce a better efficiency rate than that of the gallium arsenide solar cell. Most however top out around 40%.  Keep in mind that efficiency levels also vary based on the materials that the solar cell is constructed out of.  Below are some of the highlights from the recent past. 
    
On December 5th 2006 the 40% energy efficiency barrier was broken.  With funding from the Department of Energy, Boeing in effort with Spectrolab produced a high end solar cell that had a 40.7% sunlight to electricity conversion rate.
 
On December 5th 2006 the 40% energy efficiency barrier was broken.  With funding from the Department of Energy, Boeing in effort with Spectrolab produced a high end solar cell that had a 40.7% sunlight to electricity conversion rate.
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On July 23, 2007, a group from the University of Delaware using a novel technology that adds multiple innovations to a high-performance crystalline silicon solar cell, achieved a record-breaking combined solar cell efficiency of 42.8 percent from sunlight at standard terrestrial conditions.
    
==Research, Resources, and Citations==
 
==Research, Resources, and Citations==

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