These Solar Panels Are At Peak Efficiency When Not In The Sun
Overcast weather is no match for these 3D-printed photovoltaic cells.
Even though conventional solar panels can still function well in overcast weather, British scientists at the National Physical Laboratory have created a new type of solar cell that thrives in overcast environments. What’s more impressive however, is that they are made from small organic molecules that can easily be dissolved into a solution and 3D printed into any shape, size, or color desired.
In direct sunlight, the solar panels achieve 10% efficiency, but that jumps to 13% hen conditions are more cloudy. Dr Fernando Castro, principal research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, explains: