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A group of University of Washington researchers was awarded $1.5 million today as part of a national grant to reduce the cost of solar energy. The U.S. Energy Department dolled out $53 million to 40 research projects, including one from the UW that is creating new hybrid material which can form the top part of a tandem solar cell and bring down the overall cost of solar energy. “Fluctuating supply and demand cycles can be unsustainable for developing technologies for markets like renewable energy, so advances in research and technology are needed to ensure that the gains in solar affordability remain sustainable long term,” UW professor Alex Jen said.

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