news hardware Scientists have managed to create much more efficient solar panels
It is historical, while we know that an energy crisis is brewing in several countries, scientists have managed to make solar panels much more efficient than usual.
Much more efficient performance
During the last few weeks we have been hearing a lot about the energy crisis that is looming over us, especially this winter, when the government is planning even general cuts in certain regions.
The war in Ukraine and the closure of several nuclear power plants have something to do with it, and the idea that there may be blackouts in France is becoming more and more likely. Fortunately, Science is advancing in parallel with these concerns, and obviously the progress made in solar panel technology is well on its way.
Scientists have managed to get better than usual performance from solar panels, thanks to a tandem made up of silicon and perovskite, a crystal that has the peculiarity of being able to repair itself. The mass production of said compound could be a real solution, but there is a small problem…
In fact, perovskite is made from an alloy of lead, which is known to be highly toxic. For now, research is progressing to create cleaner materials to address these concerns. However, it should be noted in particular that, as usual, Solar panels convert only 22% of solar energy into electricity. Now, thanks to this discovery, scientists have managed to increase the figure to 30.1%, a real revolution that could mean, if used on a large scale, a real feat for humanity.
Solar panels: the future of renewable energies?
Even if the idea of installing solar panels everywhere is making its way into our heads, you should know that the cost of this technology is still too high to install it massivelyeven more so between individuals.
The Dutch team of scientists has developed a technique consisting of four silicon terminals and perovskite to better capture solar energy and focus ultraviolet rays more effectively. As you may have understood, the goal here is to enhance the ability to transform this solar energy into usable energy.
Currently, the components are still too expensive., and as said before, too dangerous due to the lead in the perovskite alloy. But indirectly, this revolution in the Dutch laboratories offers a glimpse of the best for the future, in particular by equipping large infrastructures with this type of improved solar panels to reduce costs. With this advance, we imagine that it can evolve in a good direction by offering more affordable solar panels in the future, but above all, with higher yields, and therefore more beneficial for users.