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India-Japan team ups solar cell efficiency

07 August 2012

HYDERABAD:  The cost of production of a megawatt of solar energy is high. The efficiency of conversion of sunlight into energy by existing solar cells also needs to be improved considerably. These two factors are limiting the growth of solar energy as compared to conventional sources such as thermal and hydel energy.

There is some good news on the technology front. An Indo-Japanese research initiative has reported a boost in the conversion efficiency of dye sensitised solar cells (DSSC) to 11.4 per cent. To achieve this, they have developed a new material (a co-adsorbent).

This is the highest certified efficiency, breaking the record set five years ago. The work has been carried out at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, and Japanese researchers and reported in the journalEnergy & Environmental Science of the Royal Society of Chemistry……

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/article3738233.ece

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Written by csirindia

August 10, 2012 at 6:32 am

Posted in NEERI

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