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Transparent Electrodes Could Soon be the Reality

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  • Aug 19, 2021

Solar energy is considered to be the green form of energy with a lot of future potential. Solar energy is very much used in today's generation because it is one of the most cost-efficient forms of energy that traps sunlight energy in solar cells. In most of the region, solar energy is used, and there are different types of solar panels as well since the consumption of energy is growing because of big industries and factories. Developing new ultrathin electrodes has allowed researchers to create semitransparent perovskite solar cells that are considered to be highly efficient in nature, and the best thing is they can be coupled with traditional silicon cells to greatly boost the performance of both devices.

"Transparent solar cells could one day find a place in the windows of residential and office buildings and turn sunlight into electricity that would otherwise be wasted," says Kai Wang, research assistant professor of science and engineering at Penn State and fellow student. . The fact that scientists have finally succeeded in producing efficient semitransparent solar cells is a big step. Conventional solar cells are made of silicon, but scientists believe that they will reach the limits of the technology during operation in order to develop more efficient solar cells ever. According to the scientists, the alternative and stacking on top of traditional cells can create more efficient tandem devices. "We have shown that we can make electrodes from very thin atomic layers of gold, almost a few,” said Shashank Priya, Penn State deputy vice president of research and professor of materials science and technology. "The thin gold layer has high electrical conductivity and at the same time does not impair the cell's ability to absorb sunlight,” he further added.