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UK's Salford University to design quantum dots for third-generation solar cells - Semiconductor Today

UK’s Salford University to design quantum dots for third-generation solar cells The University of Salford is to conduct theoretical work on third-generation solar cells, which aim to use to semiconductor nanostructures to significantly increase the electricity produced by sunlight – from about 10% efficiency to 31% or more. Professor Stanko Tomic and his team at the University of Salford’s School of Computing, Science & Engineering will design the semiconductor quantum dots, which have the ability to substantially reduce the energy losses present in conventional silicon solar cells. The conversion of extra energy, which would otherwise be lost in the form of panel heat, into electricity is key to increasing solar cell efficiency and reducing cost, the researchers say. Conventional solar cells convert 10-20% of light into electricity – the new cells should increase this to ...

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