A new type of solar cell could boost efficiency by as much as 50%
Posted September 23, 2018 07:05:52 It’s no secret that battery cells are a major problem in today’s electronics world.
For that reason, researchers have long been trying to create a battery that’s more efficient at converting energy from sunlight to electricity.
That’s something that can help us achieve longer-lasting energy storage, but it’s also a big problem in solar energy, because solar panels don’t have enough surface area to capture the solar energy and convert it into electricity.
Now researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have figured out how to create the very efficient solar cell by building an electrode with the right number of electrons, called an electron correion electronico (ECO).
ECOs have already been used in other solar cells to improve solar efficiency, but the UC Berkeley researchers wanted to create one that has a little more energy efficiency.
They came up with a new way to make it: They made an electron-rich electrode that can absorb light that would otherwise be blocked by a solar cell.
In the process, they were able to reduce the amount of energy that a solar panel would be able to produce.
Their new electron-Rich Electrode for Solar Energy Cells article by Alexey Vasilenko is available here: https://medium.com/@brianvnasilenko/a-new-type-of-solar-cell-could-boost-efficiency-by-as-much-as