31 Aug '15, 10am

Solar Cells Could Soon Charge Electric Cars While Driving

Solar Cells Could Soon Charge Electric Cars While Driving

Consumers aren’t embracing electric cars and trucks, partly due to the dearth of charging stations required to keep them moving. Charging electric cars by solar cell would appear to be the answer. But most cells fail to meet the power requirements needed to directly charge lithium-ion batteries used in today’s all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University, however, have wired four perovskite solar cells in series to enhance the voltage and directly photo-charged lithium batteries with 7.8 percent efficiency–the most efficient reported to date, the researchers believe. The research, published in the Aug. 27 issue of Nature Communications , holds promise for cleaner transportation, home power sources and more. “We found the right match between the solar cell and battery,” said Liming Dai, the Kent Hale Smith Professor of ma...

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