Can you imagine a world in which you could spray on your power source and place it wherever you’d like? Maybe on the windows of your home or on the roof of your car. Perhaps on the sides of your tall business building. Well, solar technology companies are working on a way to literally spray on solar cells to any convenient surface, which will harness power from the sun and eliminate dependence on wasteful energy. To boot, this futuristic option may be more affordable than the solar panels being created in Silicon Valley today.
Harvesting Light in Crystalline Form
Solar energy is a $42 billion industry, and it looks like its about to be turned upside down by perovskites—types of materials that can harvest light when they’re in crystalline form. Innovators are hoping that these perovskites, which could be sprayed on surfaces after being mixed into liquids, will expand solar energy applications and be as efficient as today’s panels that are used to power residences, businesses, cars and more.
Solar Cell Advancement at a Lower Cost
A British company says that it’s striving to have a perovskite solar film available to the public by December 2018. Hiroshi Segawa, a University of Tokyo professor who’s currently leading a five-year perovskite technology development project, says that this application of solar energy is a front-runner in the race for solar cell advancement that comes at a low cost. The Japanese government has grouped universities and businesses together, of which include Fujifilm Corp. and Panasonic Corp., to work on this commercial endeavor.
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