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Indigenous solar cells to power satellites in space

<p>Giving a big push to the Modi government&rsquo;s Make-in-India programme, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has bought the technology for space solar cells from the US and will mass-produce them in the country with the help of the industry. Solar cells are needed to power a satellite in space and keep it functional till its lifespan.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unlike conventional solar cells used for generating electricity on land, these cells are highly sophisticated and efficient. Once a satellite is in space, its two solar panels or wings open and start receiving the sunlight. The solar cells on the panels then provide electricity to the satellite by converting solar energy into electrical energy and keep it functional. Without functional solar cells, a satellite loses power and becomes space debris.</p>