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Ricoh develops new solar cell that boasts 20% higher output

Technology can generate electricity from room lights and at cold temperatures

Ricoh's new solar cell can generate electricity even in transparent panels. (Photo by Ryosuke Eguchi) 

TOKYO -- Ricoh has developed a new solar cell that has a 20% higher maximum power output than its current product and can generate electricity from room lights or less.

As the cell can operate at subfreezing temperatures, it can be used in refrigerator sensors and for a variety of other purposes. Ricoh plans to start selling the product in late May, targeting plants and distribution warehouses, among other customers.

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