A rethink of the foundation for photovoltaic panels could aid automation

Jun 28, 2022 01:52 PM ET
  • An original strategy to mass-producing affordable solar cell foundation blocks might result in the wide adoption of solar panels made from perovskite ink-- a "wonder material"-- according to study from the University of Surrey.
A rethink of the foundation for photovoltaic panels could aid automation
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In the paper published in Scientific Reports, Dr. Ehsan Rezaee, a post-doctoral fellow of the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) at the University of Surrey, explains his study:

" The goal is simply to create solar cell building blocks out of perovskite ink. Whilst perovskite ink is not a brand-new technology, current inks do not assure smooth changes on an industrial range, as the manufacturing procedure needs to be extremely regulated as well as enhanced.

" Our perovskite ink generates a rapid and also reproducible method to dependably make these solar cell building blocks on a mass range, paving the way for its usage in commercial markets."

Perovskite solar cells are an inexpensive, light-weight solution and can be developed either rigid or versatile, with more opportunities to easily transfer as well as mount. The brand-new study analyzes the foundation blocks of solar cells made of perovskite instead of the traditional silicon, as perovskite cells collect light with the visible part of the solar spectrum, which has more power.

Professor Ravi Silva, Director of the ATI at the University of Surrey, claimed: "The University of Surrey has actually constantly believed in the potential of photovoltaic panels to be a crucial research study location which will, in time, allow us to relocate far from unsafe old energy resources.

" Nevertheless, we must do even more to improve the link between research and also manufacturing on a mass sector range in order to see this as a future pivotal moment, which is the function of our paper."

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