Miracle Material Breaks Solar Power World Record; Exceeds 30% Efficiency Barrier | Perovskite

For the first time, researchers have developed a solar cell that can pass a 30 per cent efficiency barrier. Researchers at TNO, TU Eindhoven, imec and TU Delft, partners in Solliance collaboratively pushed the conversion efficiency of tandem solar cells beyond the limits of its current commercial photovoltaic (PV) modules. The high efficiency of the four-terminal perovskite/silicon tandem devices with a certified top cell pass barrier of 30 per cent has enabled more power per square meter and less cost per kWh. Here is a detailed report on SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

Hailed for its properties and its role in advancing solar technology, perovskite is touted as a miracle material. The traditional silicon-based solar cells offered an efficiency of nearly 22 per cent. However, with this new development, researchers claim that this achievement will be vital in reducing the usage of fossil fuels. According to Dr Mehrdad Najafi, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), “This type of solar cell features a highly transparent back contact that allows over 93 per cent of the near-infrared light to reach the bottom device. This performance was achieved by optimizing all layers of the semi-transparent perovskite solar cells using advanced optical and electrical simulations as a guide for the experimental work in the lab.”

Presented during the 8th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-8) in Milan, the team achieved the result by combining the emerging perovskite solar cell with conventional silicon solar cell technologies. Perovskite cell features transparent contacts. It is a part of the tandem stack that has been independently certified.

Upon achieving high-power density, it will create more opportunities to integrate the solar cell into construction elements, thereby allowing the existing surface area to be covered with PV modules. Hence, breaking the limit of 30 per cent is a big step in accelerating the energy transition and improving energy security by relying less on fossil fuels.

Image credits: Niels van Loon


Post Your Comment

"Content that powers your Business. News that keeps you informed."

Surfaces Reporter is one of India's leading media in Print & Digital Telecast for News on Interiors & Architecture Projects, Products, Building Materials, and the Business of Design! Since 2011, it serves as a referral for designers & architects to know about inspiring projects and source new products. If you have a Product or Project worth publishing in Surfaces Reporter, please email us hello@surfacesreporter.com or you can also submit your project online.

Like Surfaces Reporter on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter and Instagram | Subscribe to our magazine | Sign Up for the FREE Surfaces Reporter Magazine Newsletter

Surfaces Reporter’s Rising Stars Ar Harkaran Boparai & Simran Boparai, Principals, Space 5, Chandigarh, Amritsar & Delhi

Ar Harkaran Boparai and Ar Simran Boparai are young and dynamic Indian designers who are passionate about all things design. The brothersister duo started Space 5 in 2018. Harkaran leads the principal design team along with managing the product design & execution department while Simran looks after

Read more

Surfaces Reporter’s Rising Stars AR Swapnil Jaggi, Principal Architect, Swapnil Jaggi Architects, Raipur

Swapnil Jaggi completed his architecture from Priyadarshni Institute of Architecture and Design Studies, Nagpur (2012). He was the University topper for 4th and 5th year of his college. His Architectural thesis got selected in Top 10 of zone 3 by National Institute of Advanced Studies

Read more

The cause of Mumbai high rise fire may lie in lack of fire fighting system | SURFACES REPORTER NEWS UPDATE

The financial capital of India, Mumbai, has seen a lot of fire accidents lately particularly in the high rise buildings. Most of these fires attributed to the lack of fire safety measures taken during construction and the recent R A Residency fire, Dadar is no exception. A report by SURFACES REPORTE

Read more

Google to set up 3.81 lakh sq ft Data Center in India, eyeing India’s digital growth | SURFACES REPORTER News Update

Google that has taken up 3.18 lakh sq ft space on lease in Navi Mumbai in order to set up a major data center by 2025. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

Read more

This is alt