Additionally, the team’s innovative model led the team to believe that a lighter, thinner, and more flexible solar panel could be a natural result.
By Dr Davide Zecca
As the world shifts away from fossil fuels, there is a broad consensus among experts that solar power is one of the most sustainable and cheapest green technologies available.
Research innovations lower the cost of new devices, raise standards efficiently, and make photovoltaic modules more durable, if not recyclable.
Recently, a new upgrade developed by scientists at the University of York in the UK increased the ability of solar panels to absorb light by an impressive 125%.
As a potential game changer, he promises to harvest ten times the energy at the same relative cost.
The team achieved this feat by using a checkerboard pattern for the panel surface instead of the traditional flat screen. The new design would have increased the diffraction rate, which measures the likelihood of light being absorbed.
Additionally, the team’s innovative model led the team to believe that lighter, thinner, and more flexible solar panels could be a natural result.
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Dr Christian Schuster from the university’s physics department explained, “We have found a simple trick to increase the absorption of thin solar cells. Our research shows that our idea actually competes with improved absorption of more sophisticated designs – while absorbing more light deep in the plane and less light near the surface structure itself. “
“In principle, we could use ten times more solar energy for the same amount of absorbent material: solar cells ten times thinner could allow rapid expansion of photovoltaics, increase solar energy production and significantly reduce our carbon footprint. “he wrote in Team Research. report, published in the Journal optical.
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Together with NOVA University in Lisbon, the team states that the amount of silicon required for their panels with thinner cells would reduce the cost of the new panels. In addition, it could lead to the introduction of solar cell technology for special applications, for example for non-slip walking surfaces.
When developing new solar cell upgrades, scientists know that there is currently a limit to the efficiency with which photovoltaic solar cells can convert solar energy into usable electricity. A typical good solar panel converts about 15 to 20 percent of sunlight today.
With such upgrades, companies will undoubtedly increase this level significantly.
Originally published at News from 24