IIT-Hyderabad Finds New Way to Improve Third-generation Solar Cell Performance


The findings can contribute towards global efforts to bring dye-sensitised solar cells into real-life applications

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Hyderabad have developed a process to improve the performance of third-generation solar cells.

Dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSC) can significantly lower costs of solar cells and prove to be environmentally friendlier than earlier generations like silicon-based cells and thin film cells based on semiconductors. However, their efficiencies need improvement to translate into practical products.

And the good news is that an IIT-Hyderabad research team has found a new way to improve dye-sensitised solar cell performance. They have shown that the incorporation of magnetic nanoparticles in the anode can enhance light-to-power conversion efficiencies.

Dye-sensitised solar cells may replace silicon-based cells soon 

The researchers believe that their findings can contribute towards global efforts to bring DSSCs into real-life applications.

The research team is being headed by J Suryanarayana, associate professor, Magnetic Materials and Device Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, IIT-Hyderabad. Their work has been published in the journal Solar Energy.

Inputs: PTI