Published By : 05 Feb 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
The rising global concern regarding emissions from the global power generation industry, which has traditionally been run on fossil and petrochemical fuels, and its vast negative impacts on the environment have led to intense research efforts aimed at developing cleaner power production methods and raw materials.
Natural energy sources such as wind power, water power, and solar power are claimed to be the best options mankind currently has to curb on the deadly emissions that the power industry produces. The field of solar power generation of these three areas is one of the most extensively studied fields of research of current times. Owing to the years of intense efforts, researchers have been able to roll-out some highly efficient solar power generation techniques in the past few years.
Increasingly more sophisticated solar cells or photovoltaic cells, the electronic devices which can directly convert sunlight into electricity, are being developed across the globe amid and are also observing huge popularity. The unending nature of solar power coupled with the extremely clean form of energy produced with the help of solar cells has prompted several government bodies to invest vast investment funds aimed at developing solar cells with improvement in the amount of power generated and stored in the process of solar power to electricity generation.
A recent research effort by Japanese researchers at MANA (International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics at NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan) has led to the development of single-seed silicon casting method that can dramatically improve the crystalline quality of silicon, which is, in turn, expected to significantly improve the overall efficiency of silicon-based solar cells.
Silicon solar cells are currently considered the mainstream of commercial solar cells. With the new development in the silicon casting method, the conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells can reach 20% with the use of single crystalline silicon. The rise in conversion efficiency directly improves the value of solar cells. Such efficiency is not available with the help of conventional cast multicrystalline silicon.
This is one of the several technological advancements that are adorning the solar cell industry, making it more efficient and helping it bring a step closer to it becoming the most preferred power generation industry of the future.