The Latest in Solar Technology
There’s been an explosion of new technology in the field of solar energy in recent years. Some of these new advances include Organic solar cells, Printed solar, and Polycrystalline vs. monocrystalline PV panels.
Thin solar panels
Thin solar panels are a promising new type of solar technology. These flexible cells can be printed and laminated to a variety of surfaces and are easy to transport and install. In addition, the cells produce 18 times more power per kilogram than traditional solar panels.
A new startup, Active Surfaces, has recently launched. This company has developed a thin, flexible solar cell that can be laminated to a variety of surfaces. The material, Dyneema, is an ultra-lightweight composite fabric that weighs only 13 grams per square meter. It’s also UV-curable, making it a durable and strong substance.
Other companies, such as Hanergy, are investing in research for the development of thin-film solar cells. Currently, the company has six R&D centers in the Silicon Valley area and Sichuan, China.
Organic solar cells
Organic solar cells are one of the latest advances in solar technology. They are made of carbon-based materials, like graphene, and absorb light from the sun. Their advantages include high power conversion efficiency and low cost. However, these devices still have a lot of room for improvement.
One problem that has limited organic solar cell development has been the lack of dissociation of photogenerated charge carriers. In order to overcome this limitation, researchers have proposed several strategies. Among them, a multicomponent strategy … READ MORE ...