RESEARCH
November 3, 2008

Reflectivity boosts solar coating prospects

Grow a layer of the right material on a reflective surface and you have the makings of a coating that generates electricity from sunlight.

The solar cell consists of a non-polymer organic material grown on a reflective metal electrode and topped with a transparent indium tin oxide electrode. The solar cell's efficiency is less than one percent, but power-generating coatings could be practical at lower efficiencies than traditional module-based solar cells.

The solar cell could lead to electricity-generating skins for vehicles and buildings.

Research paper:
Inverted Small Molecule Organic Photovoltaic Cells on Reflective Substrates
Applied Physics Letters, October 29, 2008

Researchers' homepage:
Optoelectronic Components & Materials Group, University of Michigan


Back to ERN November 3/10, 2008

Share



Feeds

News  | Blog

E-mail headlines

Energy-related books and products from Amazon.com

Home   Archive   Eric on Energy   Researchers   Links   About   Contact
© Copyright Technology Research News 2008-2010. All rights reserved.