Partnership enables efficient and cheaper way to make solar cells

Partnership enables efficient and cheaper way to make solar cells

Working with research partners from Monash University, Arizona State University, Suntech R&D Australia Pty Ltd and Trina Solar, engineers at ANU have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough that could lead to more efficient and cheaper solar electricity.

Dr Tom White from the ANU Research School of Engineering said the new fabrication method significantly improved the performance of perovskite solar cells, which can be combined with conventional silicon solar cells to produce more efficient solar electricity.

Dr White said the research placed ANU in a small group of labs around the world with the capability to improve silicon solar cell efficiency using perovskites.

The development builds on the state-of-the-art silicon cell research at ANU and is part of a $12.2 million “High-efficiency silicon/perovskite solar cells” project led by the University of New South Wales and supported by $3.6 million of funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

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