Record-breaking solar panel converts more than a quarter of sunlight into electricity

Ian Johnson for Independent:¬ The silicon solar cell is so efficient that it turns 26.3 per cent of the energy from the sun into renewable¬ power.

In contrast, nature‚Äôs ‚Äėsolar panels‚Äô ‚Äď leaves ‚Äď have a ‚Äúphotosynthetic efficiency‚ÄĚ of between three and six per cent.

The scientists behind the new panel also said they believed they had found a way to create a one¬ with the¬ maximum level of efficiency considered to be theoretically possible¬ ‚Äď 29.1 per cent.

Writing in the journal¬ Nature Energy, the¬ team¬ from the Kaneka Corporation in Osaka, said: ‚ÄúImproving the photo-conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells is crucial to further the deployment of renewable electricity.¬

‚ÄúEssential device properties such as lifetime, series resistance and optical properties must be improved simultaneously to reduce recombination, resistive and optical losses.¬

‚ÄúHere, we use industrially compatible processes to fabricate large-area silicon solar cells ‚Ķ the photo-conversion efficiency is over 26 per cent.‚ÄĚ ¬ Full Article:

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