Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > Efficiency record for solar cell broken

Abstract:
PhD Bram Hoex (29) and his TU/e colleagues have managed to increase the efficiency of an important type of solar cell from 21.9 to 23.2 percent. They will present this world record on Wednesday 14 May, at a large conference on solar energy in San Diego (USA).

Efficiency record for solar cell broken

Netherlands | Posted on May 14th, 2008

Hoex applied an ultra-thin film of aluminum oxide (circa thirty nanometers) on the front of a crystalline silicon solar cell. This film has an unprecedented high number of built-in negative charges, which ensure that the loss of energy on the surface - which is normally considerable - disappears. Of all the solar light falling onto the solar cell, 23.2 percent is now converted into electric energy. That used to be 21.9 percent.

The efficiency improvement brings us one step closer to the breakthrough of solar energy. An improvement of more than one percent may seem modest, yet it can yield millions for solar cell producers. According to Hoex' calculations the improvement can increase the yield of a production line for solar cells by five millions per year. Expectations are that the application of the ultra-thin film will cost far less.

Hoex gained his PhD on 8 May within the TU/e Department of Applied Physics. In the Plasma & Materials Processing (PMP) research group he was supervised by professor Richard van de Sanden and Erwin Kessels. The specialty of this group is the application of extremely thin layers by means of plasmas. The flimsy aluminum oxide film, developed within the PMP group, may lead to a technological innovation in the field of solar cells. A number of major manufacturers of solar cells have already showed an interest.

The research was conducted in collaboration with the German Fraunhofer Institute. Part of Hoex' work was paid for by the government, as the industrial application of this type of high-efficiency solar cell is coming considerably closer as a result.

####

For more information, please click here

Copyright © Eindhoven University of Technology

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Fast, efficient sperm tails inspire nanobiotechnology December 5th, 2016

Journal Nanotechnology Progress International (JONPI) Volume 6, issue 2 coming out soon! December 5th, 2016

Infrared instrumentation leader secures exclusive use of Vantablack coating December 5th, 2016

Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified: Scientists invent ground-breaking new method that puts quantum computers within reach December 5th, 2016

Thin films

Ultra-thin ferroelectric material for next-generation electronics October 12th, 2016

Continuous roll-process technology for transferring and packaging flexible LSI August 29th, 2016

Self-cleaning, anti-reflective, microorganism-resistant coatings: Researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country are modifying surface properties of materials to obtain specific properties at a lower cost August 9th, 2016

Scientists find a way of acquiring graphene-like films from salts to boost nanoelectronics: Physicists use supercomputers to find a way of making 'imitation graphene' from salt July 30th, 2016

Discoveries

Fast, efficient sperm tails inspire nanobiotechnology December 5th, 2016

Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified: Scientists invent ground-breaking new method that puts quantum computers within reach December 5th, 2016

Shape matters when light meets atom: Mapping the interaction of a single atom with a single photon may inform design of quantum devices December 4th, 2016

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses: Medicine diffusion capsule could locally treat multiple ailments and diseases over several weeks December 3rd, 2016

Announcements

Fast, efficient sperm tails inspire nanobiotechnology December 5th, 2016

Journal Nanotechnology Progress International (JONPI) Volume 6, issue 2 coming out soon! December 5th, 2016

Infrared instrumentation leader secures exclusive use of Vantablack coating December 5th, 2016

Construction of practical quantum computers radically simplified: Scientists invent ground-breaking new method that puts quantum computers within reach December 5th, 2016

Energy

Research Study: MetaSOLTM Shatters Solar Panel Efficiency Forecasts with Innovative New Coating: Coating Provides 1.2 Percent Absolute Enhancement to Triple Junction Solar Cells December 2nd, 2016

Deep insights from surface reactions: Researchers use Stampede supercomputer to study new chemical sensing methods, desalination and bacterial energy production December 2nd, 2016

Throwing new light on printed organic solar cells December 1st, 2016

Physics, photosynthesis and solar cells: Researchers combine quantum physics and photosynthesis to make discovery that could lead to highly efficient, green solar cells November 30th, 2016

Solar/Photovoltaic

Research Study: MetaSOLTM Shatters Solar Panel Efficiency Forecasts with Innovative New Coating: Coating Provides 1.2 Percent Absolute Enhancement to Triple Junction Solar Cells December 2nd, 2016

Throwing new light on printed organic solar cells December 1st, 2016

Physics, photosynthesis and solar cells: Researchers combine quantum physics and photosynthesis to make discovery that could lead to highly efficient, green solar cells November 30th, 2016

'Back to the Future' inspires solar nanotech-powered clothing November 15th, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project