The Future of Solar Panels Lie in Perovskite Cells
Scientists look to create a new type of solar panel using perovskite cells.
A team of researchers from the California Institute for Energy and Environment, Caltech and the U.S. Department of Energy, had a look at the current state of solar panels.
They performed an analysis on current solar panels, and came to the conclusion that the best alternative to current solar panels is perovskites.
Solar panels are made up of materials that absorb light and convert them to energy.
The team, headed by Allan Dominguez and professor Gene Starman, analyzed the performance of current solar panels, and compared them to perovskite cells.
They used a standard solar cell instrument to measure the light absorption of perovskites, and came to the conclusion that perovskites are the best material for absorbing light efficiently
The fabrication process of perovskites is expensive, as it costs roughly $15 per kilogram, but is proven to exceed expectations in solar panels.
There are many advantages to perovskites. They are cheaper than silicon, and they do not require additional chemicals, like cadmium or lead. They are also more stable than silicon.
The scientists decided to explore the potential of perovskites. They conducted a number of experiments and came to the conclusion that the best choice for solar cells is to use perovskites.
The team discovered that despite costing more initially, the use of perovskite cells was a better investment as it is cheaper in the long run.