Oxford PV develops new thin-film solar cell
from Renewable Energy Focus
Oxford PV's new device is a form of thin-film solar technology, which replaces the liquid electrolyte with a solid organic semiconductor, enabling entire solar modules to be screen printed onto glass or other surfaces. The company says the materials used are plentiful, environmentally benign and very low cost, and predicts the manufacturing costs of this product will be around 50 percent less than the current lowest-cost thin film technology. The technology is based on research from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. By combining earlier research on artificial photosynthetic electrochemical solar cells and semiconducting plastics, Oxford PV says it can now create manufacturable solid-state dye sensitised solar cells.
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