What Reduces Solar Cells’ Efficiency?

June 5, 2019

Solar is perhaps one of the most reliable source of renewable energy we have today. While the entire world is turning towards green energy, the drop in efficiency of solar cells remains a worry. For almost 40 years, in fact since their development, scientists have prodded over the consistent drop in efficiency of solar cells. With more than 270 research papers published trying to understand what induces the drop in efficiency, there is none that hints at a concrete phenomenon. Nonetheless, the efforts of all these researchers has resulted in success today. Scientists from Manchester, U.K. have found the reason behind the depleting efficiency of solar cells. To put things in perspective, Prof Tony Peaker, says, the environmental and financial impact of solar cells signifies the need to study the reason behind efficiency loss in them. Not just that, the efficiency of the solar cells drop 2% in the first few hours of installation. From the outlook, it might appear trivial, but considering the gigantic volume of solar panels installed across the U.K., the loss looks critical. Prof Peaker says that the overall loss amounts to 10s of GW of electricity.

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