Developing cheaper and more efficient solar power

NECEM researcher Dr Budhika Mendis of Durham University has helped to solve a puzzle that could lead to cheaper and more efficient solar power. 

A team of researchers, including physicists at Durham University, looked at why a certain type of solar panel is much more efficient than others. According to the new research, the increased efficiency happens because selenium stops electrons – tiny particles generated by sunlight that carry electricity – from becoming trapped and lost in miniscule defects in the panels. In turn, this increases the amount of power that can be extracted. More information here.


Last modified: Thu, 16 May 2019 15:37:41 BST