by , 09/20/07

super thin solar panels, super thin photovoltaics, durham university, new breakthrough in solar power, less expensive photovoltaics

The way that solar technology is advancing these days can only be described as truly exciting. The latest report: a team of British researchers from Durham University have developed light absorbing materials for use in the production of super-thin layer photovoltaics. These thin cells could be installed on homes or even moving cars, and could be significantly less expensive than their thicker counterparts.

The research team is being led by Ken Durose, from the Durham Centre for Renewable Energy. Why do we need thin layer photovoltaics? The more common thicker photovoltaics contain iridium and other rare and expensive materials. Thus, by creating thinner PVs, the cost of these panels will be reduced. Ideally, if the project pans out, these panels will be installed on homes to fulfill their power requirements and give back any excess power to the grid. Furthermore, if they are thin and light enough, they could be installed on moving vehicles.

“One of the main issues in solar energy is the cost of materials and we recognize that the cost of solar cells is slowing down their uptake.” said Professor Ken Durose.

+‘Thin-layer’ solar cells may bring cheaper ‘green’ power @ Durham University

+ Ascent super-thin solar technology

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  1. Jodie June 1, 2011 at 1:55 am

    You have shed a ray of suhnisne into the forum. Thanks!

  2. TechU February 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    what is apparent is that its a full 3 years and still NOTHING in sight as regards by this in your UK generic B&Q and asda stores at any price

  3. bobsomm October 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Yes Moom, a glaring exclusion. Wonder if it was intentional?
    Peace, Bob

  4. Moom September 21, 2007 at 4:25 am

    Rather amazed to find that Konarka is not mentioned anywhere in inhabitat’s archives.

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