The University of Ottawa has made a major breakthrough in manufacturing the first back-contact micrometric photovoltaic cells, which are very small solar cells. These cells have many advantages over traditional solar technologies, such as reducing shadowing and potentially lowering energy production costs. The development of these cells was a collaboration between the University of Ottawa, Université de Sherbrooke, and Laboratoire des Technologies de la Microélectronique in France. The researchers believe that these cells have potential applications in various electronic devices, including solar cells, space exploration, and telecommunications. They also believe that the development of these cells is an important step in the miniaturization of electronic devices. The researchers also highlighted the importance of semiconductors in achieving a carbon-neutral economy. This international partnership between Canada and France is seen as a significant step in the evolution of the global scientific and technology scene. The initiative was funded by several organizations including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Horizon Europe Framework program.
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