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Perovskite

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Source: Independent

 Context: Scientists have made a significant breakthrough in solar panel technology using a nanoscale “ink” coating.

  • This innovation could potentially accelerate the transition to renewable energy sources. The researchers found that this coating can enhance the stability of perovskite solar cells, making them suitable for mass production.

  

About Perovskite:

  • Perovskite solar cells are cheaper, lighter, and more efficient than traditional silicon-based cells.
  • However, they face challenges related to a drop in efficiency and energy output during the manufacturing process. The researchers identified an aluminium oxide that minimizes this efficiency drop during the conditioning of perovskite solar cells.
  • Perovskite has been recognized as a “miracle material” with the potential to revolutionize various industries, including renewable energy.
  • Recent advancements have enabled the creation of self-healing solar panels and improved efficiency when combined with silicon in tandem cells.