With the Help of Nanotechnology, UK University Developing Advanced PV Materials
Researchers at Durham University in the United Kingdom are constructing novel light-absorbing materials for use in thin-layer solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, which are used to convert light energy into electricity. Over the next four years, the universityâ€™s experiments will focus on finding materials that would both cost less and be more sustainable for use in the manufacturing of solar panels. Current solar panel manufacturing involves thicker silicon-based cells and expensive and rare metals. The research is being funded by the UKâ€™s SUPERGEN Initiative, an initiative of the BBSRC, the UKâ€™s leading funding agency for basic and strategic biological research.