Thanks, Daniyal_Ali. I agree that this is an important effort and deserves a lot more credit than it may be getting. Although it is garnering substantial media coverage. But I suppose the proof will be in the pudding--or in this case, the solar cell developed by the project's end!
Rightly said Liz. If they can prove the efficiency of these organic modules, it would be a very positive step towards renewable energy. This could lead to a new generation of solar modules which would be flexible, lightweight and most importantly, low-priced.
While there is a lot of research out there to make solar cells more efficient, perform better and be placed in more interesting locations (on window panes, for example), I think this is the first one to seek to make one that is completely organic. I think this is important. If promoters of renewable energies like solar use their benefits for the environment as one way of encouraging people to use one, creating one that is more or less negative impact free is a good way to really walk the walk and not just talk the talk.
That's a good point, Daniyal_Ali, I think this project aims to work on that aspect of producing this cell as well. I think your'e right in that once they complete the project there will be a lot more details on how this works out in terms of cost, efficiency, performance and the like.
Interesting notion, Cabe, but I think you're right if they could make the cells small enough. Not sure about windows, but there are already a number of options for that application. Not organic, as far as I know, though.
Good news, but we do need to focus more on the production processes and refine them so that the overall cost can be reduced further. Moreover, did they share any technical specifications of this solar cell and its predicted efficiency? Let's see how their 500mW project turns out. That would definitely clear all the details.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.