Joel Smith,THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Perovskite Solar Panels
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Sealed between perspex and multiple layers of protective encapsulation are layers of hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite material, tipped as the potential future material for solar energy. The material is so efficient at absorbing light that the dark films on display are only 500 nanometers thick - roughly 100 times thinner than a human hair and nearly 1000 times thinner than a conventional solar panel. At the University of Sheffield, researchers are working on spray coating this material directly on to surfaces as well as ways of making this fascinating material more stable. Research in this area will develop the next generation of high efficiency, low-cost solar panels bringing cheaper energy for all.