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Title: Arrays of ultrathin silicon solar microcells

Provided are solar cells, photovoltaics and related methods for making solar cells, wherein the solar cell is made of ultrathin solar grade or low quality silicon. In an aspect, the invention is a method of making a solar cell by providing a solar cell substrate having a receiving surface and assembling a printable semiconductor element on the receiving surface of the substrate via contact printing. The semiconductor element has a thickness that is less than or equal to 100 .mu.m and, for example, is made from low grade Si.
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The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL) CHO
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Patent File Date: 2014 Feb 05
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The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)
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United States

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