"Also since it is a thin film that can be coated onto large areas it could become very much cheaper than conventional devices.
"Photovoltaics are destined to form a key power generating method as part of a low carbon economy and the new technology will bring that a stage closer."
The material is composed of metal nanoparticles (diameters ~ 10 nm) embedded in a transparent composite matrix..
A spokesperson for EnSol AS said: "The basic cell concept has been demonstrated, and it will be the objective of this research and development project to systematically refine this PV cell technology to achieve a cell efficiency of 20% or greater.
"A thin film deposition system with nanoparticle source, will be designed and constructed in collaboration with the University of Leicester for the fabrication of prototype cells based on this design.
"This experimental facility will be designed to produce PV cells with an active area in excess of 16 cm2 (40 mm x 40 mm) deposited onto standard glass substrates. These prototype cells will subsequently be characterised and tested in collaboration with our academic partners.
"EnSol's next generation PV cell technology has tremendous potential for industrial scale, low environmental impact, cost effective production via standard "spray on" techniques."
|Contact: Prof. Chris Binns|
University of Leicester