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Dark discovery could double solar cell efficiency

12/23/2011 01:39 PM EST
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DrQuine
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DrQuine   12/23/2011 3:25:42 PM
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It is unexpected discoveries like these that offer the potential for cost effective solar power generation - and can render the currently leading technology obsolete overnight. A scary place to be investing but an exciting time for the future of affordable distributed power generation.

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wilber_xbox   12/23/2011 4:01:43 PM
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this is pretty cool discovery. If a commercial viability can be found then it can be a game changer for the solar cells. Article worth forwarding to clean energy enthusiasts.

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DrFPGA   12/23/2011 7:33:45 PM
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Sharp shows 35.8% efficiency. Even getting to 50% would be a big plus. Is there a good chart showing efficiency growth over time anyone knows of?

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goafrit   12/23/2011 8:29:50 PM
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Let us see - in this sector, we have always had this nice expectation only to be disappointed. But this one could be real.

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Dave.Dykstra   12/24/2011 5:06:22 AM
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Let's hope this one is really a breakthrough that can be economically employed. That could give a real boost to this sector of the industry and, ultimately, to the consumer.

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Sanjib.A   12/24/2011 9:21:40 AM
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Lower cost with double the efficiency!! This seems to be first one of the breakthrough discoveries that is very much needed to take the solar power generation to the next milestone. Is there a plan to build a solar panel to demonstrate the efficiency that could be derived once it is produced commercially?

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agk   12/24/2011 12:05:30 PM
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present is 36% efficiency. the new research here is for 44%. By about 8%. This the next major step towards higher efficiency. Low cost also. Coommercialisation will be fruitfull. So by 5 more years we reach about 60 to 70% efficiency.I forsee a great solar future in our earth planet.

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wilber_xbox   12/24/2011 2:46:30 PM
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yeah, i think plastic and organic are major ways to reduce cost. Silicon processing is a major hurdle for the introduction of PV solar cells.

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daleste   12/24/2011 6:21:12 PM
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From 31% to 44% doesn't seem to be double to me, but increasing efficiency and reducing cost is very much needed for solar energy. I'm glad this research in going on and hope it continues.

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Andy Betts   12/25/2011 6:43:28 AM
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The work seems really interesting, but the confusion in the numbers makes me think that I have missed something. The headline clearly says "double". Why double? Does this leap require the use of focused light, for example? What performance improvement can we expect from solar panels as a result of this research? Thanks for any clarification.

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KB3001   12/26/2011 10:32:08 AM
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Definitely something to keep en eye on, as it might just be what solar needs to break through. Here is Prof. Zhu's group website by the way: http://zhu.cm.utexas.edu

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prabhakar_deosthali   12/26/2011 10:57:05 AM
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For countries like Germany who pan to shout down their Nuclear power generation completely in the next decade , this news is encouraging. It tells us that Solar energy may become a economically viable and environmentally safe alternative to nuclear energy in the near future.

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_hm   12/26/2011 1:05:19 PM
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Advent of this technology in near future will give us ample opportunity to develop and resolve many critical applications. Looking forward for more breakthrough.

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Kinnar   12/26/2011 7:22:56 PM
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This is a very greatly written article, very nice precise and sufficient in terms of content. It will be surely a very great gift to the mankind by the inventor if the commercial production of the material is possible. There also many other affecting factors a the material is being plastic.

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Robotics Developer   12/27/2011 12:45:13 AM
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I wonder what the cost per watt output will be for these? I did not see any roll-out plan and was hoping for hints about pre-production date, estimated final effective efficiency, etc.. It sounds like they are moving in the right direction but still have a lot of experimenting left to do. Good luck!

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Aadil.Raja   12/28/2011 12:29:20 AM
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This discovery looks very promising. However, what concerns me is the use of plastic. Not sure if this is actual "plastic", but if it is, then how could you make it degradable?

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PJames   1/6/2012 1:46:12 AM
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In this case you'd probably want to aim for exactly the opposite... something that would not degrade. Having biodegradle replacements for things that are produced in huge quantities and often discarded... shopping bags, disposable plates, etc. is a great idea. An expensive device that should last as long as possible (20, 30 or more years) to make it economically feasible should simply be accepted as something that will take up a bit of room in a landfill if it can't be recycled.

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bensham   1/5/2012 7:51:45 PM
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Look carefully at real, manufacturable efficiencies. They are far less than what is obtained in the lab. Typical efficiencies for commercial solar cells are in the 8% to 17% range. This discovery will be great if the gain can be seen in mass produced solar cells.

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