The most efficient dye sensitized solar cell has reached an efficiency > 10%. If one triples it, the efficiency would not only exceed that of the best Si solar cell but also the theoretical limit. The value of the proposaed technology might be useful for those solar cells that have a very low efficiency, thus, anything one does could potentially triple the efficiency. I have not read the paper. If the original efficiency was already say 5%, then 3x5% = 15% would be truly impressive. Many this type of claims simply don't give you a final efficiency number but in arb. unit.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.