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Solar panels generate electricity when sunlight hits the materials in the panels, typically silicon, and activates electrons that are captured and converted to usable electric current.
The original Hayabusa visited an S-type asteroid, a lighter variety made mostly of silicon.
The blue silicon of solar cells, the panels’ electricity-generating component, can withstand being mashed by many tons of weight.
Its chemical composition includes silicon, aluminum, oxygen, and iron.
The physical weakness is the result of ever smaller dimensions of the silicon.
Germans turned to China for cheap sources of crystalline silicon solar panels, not least because subsidised land and loans enabled China’s fledgling manufacturers to undercut European and American competitors.
Perhaps most importantly, silicon solar panels have been tested for decades and proven durable while the lifespan of perovskites remains largely unknown.
So the industry standard is to use silicon, run at 905 nanometers, and accept you just can’t send your lasers all that far.
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: a chemical element that is found in the Earth's crust and is used especially in computers and electronics
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