Gallery: Off-the-Shelf Dyes Increase Solar Panel Absorption


The hippies were the first to push solar energy en masse in the 70’s, so it’s a wonder we haven’t thought of this before — it turns out the same stuff used to tie-dye t-shirts can increase the efficiency of solar panels. A new paper released in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy details the discovery that many common off-the-shelf dyes — as well as dyes used in the medical and food industry — can make solar panels more effective when mixed properly. The researchers basically use the dye to change the color spectrum that the panel can absorb, thereby increasing its efficiency by as much as 8%.

Read the rest of this entry »


or your inhabitat account below


  1. New Black Silicon Solar... September 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    […] recently reported on researchers that are using off the shelf dyes to help solar cells absorb a wider range of light but this experiment goes even further. No color […]

  2. Efried September 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Sorry the photos do have nothing in common with the described technology namely DSSC – there are at least a-Si cells in between
    shown here on the photo

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home