These days, the fastest developing fields in science and technology could be those related to solar power generation. Every passing day, the technology behind solar power generation is being updated, and new technologies towards increasing efficiency are being invented. The efforts aimed at switching to renewable energy sources are behind this fast growth.
And now, here comes another nice invention in the field of solar cells. A research group comprising German- French scientists has now created the world’s most efficient solar cell.
The solar cell can convert 44.7 percent of the light energy it receives from sun into useful energy. This is a new world record, breaking the record set by Sharp, which had created a highly efficient solar cell just three months ago.
The research group has reportedly created a solar unit made up of four solar cells which are stacked one over the other.
The newly developed cells are made up of nitrogen-boron compounds, which posses high conductivity properties. This means that in these compounds, the movement of charged particles is easier than in other compounds.
Higher efficiency solar cells can yield more cost-effective solar installations. This can, in turn, make solar energy generation more affordable around the world.
The team comprised scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center, Berlin.