In the past decade, solar energy has been more widely considered or used as a solution to global warming. Solar energy is clean, renewable, and has been utilized in areas such as commercial grids, rooftops, satellites, spacecraft, and calculators. To utilize solar power, we need solar cells to convert sunlight into electricity. Germany, Japan, and the United States are major markets for solar cells, and scientists and engineers worldwide are focusing on techniques for improving solar cell performance at a lower cost.
In this blog, I highlight at a technique developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, and EPFL. Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi et al. incorporated monovalent cation additives into CH3NH3PbI3 perovskites to enhance photovoltaic efficiencies and optoelectronic properties.
This article received more than 3200 views, from March 2017 to June 2018, and is the second most viewed article in JoVE Engineering so far.
Currently, researchers continue to explore potentials in solar cell technology, such as improvement in solar cell efficiencies, production of materials and techniques with lower cost, and reduction in dimensionality. More articles and information about solar cells techniques can be found in JoVE’s Engineering section.