These Solar Panels Are At Peak Efficiency When Not In The Sun

These Solar Panels Are At Peak Efficiency When Not In The Sun
Innovation

Overcast weather is no match for these 3D-printed photovoltaic cells.

Ross Brooks
  • 19 march 2014

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:

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