Selenium, the Future of More Efficient Solar Cells

A recent report in the American Institute of Physics (AIP) published journal titled Applied Physics Letters accounts the possibility of increased solar power harvest by utilizing the oxide substances that has a selenium compound.

This research aligns with most of the solar researcher’s popular theory that light attracting matter when included with photovoltaic materials translates, more sun energy into power.

A team of researchers affiliated to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, tried with an attempt of implanting selenium in zinc oxide another known inexpensive element to discover the potential of the compound in utilizing sun’s energy which proved to be amazing. The researchers discovered that just adding a miniscule quantity of 9% selenium with zinc oxide base radically improved the sun light absorbing efficiency of the material.

According to Marie Mayer, a 4th year Doctoral student of Berkeley University of California and associated in the of LBNL's Solar Materials Energy Research, said the produced result sufficiently addresses the requirement of producing cost effective and more efficient solar cells. She added unlike the researches on utilizing the potential of hydrogen in fueling cars with zero emission that are yet to prove adequately, the researches on solar power are continuous, and investigations are happening in all conceivable areas.


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