solar cells

solar cells

Published on February 2nd, 2014 |
by Zachary Shahan

The term “perovskite” is a reference to a mineral called perovskite, which was first discovered in Russia in the 1830s. Perovskite solar cells are not made from the mineral itself, but they mimic its crystalline structure, which has proven to be particularly efficient for harvesting light to generate electricity. 

Check out (and share!) the interesting infographic below, and be sure make note of the drop in solar panel prices, and note one thing — in the first quarter of 2013, the average price of a solar panel was already down to $0.64/watt, so this infographic was actually a bit pessimistic on the drop in solar panel prices! (By the way, I’ve got no idea why the men standing next to the solar panels are standing the way they are.)

The third part of the story relies on Apple looking for engineers with solar expertise. The advertisements referred here are old and dated September 2013.  Every phone manufacturer has been looking at adding solar cells to phone screens.

Huanping Zhou, a postdoctoral researcher in UCLA’s Materials Science and Engineering Dept. and UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute, and the paper’s corresponding author, said the new technique works efficiently because the organic materials’ melting point is low, and the organic and inorganic components react with each other rapidly. “As a result, the organic material can quickly intercalate into the inorganic material and become a consistent layer of perovskite that is high quality, inexpensive and easy to manufacture,” she said.

Published on February 6th, 2014 |
by Zachary Shahan

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