20 Feb '12, 5pm

Gold & Silver Nanoparticles Improve Efficiency of Thin-Film Solar Cells at Australia’s Swinburne University of T...

Gold & Silver Nanoparticles Improve Efficiency of Thin-Film Solar Cells at Australia’s Swinburne University of T...

Scientists at Swinburne university of Technology and Suntech Power Holdings celebrate improvement in thin-film efficiency Researchers from Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology and Suntech Power Holdings have developed the world’s most efficient broadband nanoplasmonic solar cells for use in thin-film technology. Project scientists report improving the efficiency of existing thin-film cells by up to 8.1 percent through incorporating nucleated gold and silver nanoparticles. The team at Swinburne’s Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility (VSASF) had already been embedding conventional gold and silver nanoparticles into thin-film cells produced by Suntech. These highly reflective particles increased the wavelength of absorbed sunlight, thus improving the rate at which its photons were converted into electrons. Senior Research Fellow at Swinburne Baohua Jia, PhD, sai...

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