Researchers find cost effective approach for production of clear solar cells

Feb 19, 2021 11:41 AM ET
  • Physicists from ITMO University have actually found an obtainable method that makes it possible to use clear materials for solar cells while maintaining their performance.
Researchers find cost effective approach for production of clear solar cells
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The new technology is based upon the approach of doping-- the adjustment of residential or commercial properties of products using including impurities-- but without making use of expensive special-purpose tools. Outcomes of this research study have actually been released in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

One of the most appealing challenges in solar power is the advancement of transparent thin-film photoactive products. Such film could be used on top of routine windows to produce power without impacting a building's outside look. Yet it is fairly challenging to create solar cells that would incorporate high efficiency with great light transmittance.

"Regular thin-film solar cells have a non-transparent steel back get in touch with that enables them to trap a lot more light. Transparent solar cells use a light-permeating back electrode. In that instance, several of the photons are undoubtedly shed when travelling through, therefore lowering the tools' performance. Besides, creating a back electrode with the right residential or commercial properties can be rather pricey," claims Pavel Voroshilov, a researcher at ITMO University's Professors of Physics and also Design.

The concern of reduced effectiveness is fixed with using doping. However guaranteeing that the impurities are correctly applied onto the material needs complicated approaches and costly tools. Scientists at ITMO University have recommended a more affordable innovation for the creation of "unseen" solar panels-- one that dopes materials utilizing an ionic liquid that transforms the properties of the refined layer.

"For our experiments, we took a solar cell based on little particles and also attached nanotubes to it. Next off, we doped nanotubes using an ion gateway. We also refined the transport layer, which is accountable for enabling a charge from the energetic layer to successfully get to the electrode. We were able to do this without vacuum chambers and also working in ambient problems. All we had to do was dribble some ionic fluid and apply a small voltage in order to produce the needed residential properties," adds Pavel Voroshilov.

While testing their technology, the scientists were able to dramatically improve the cell's effectiveness. The researchers believe that the same technique could be utilized to enhance the performance of other types of solar cells. Now, they prepare to try out various products and improve the doping modern technology itself.