Researchers in South Korea have discovered a way to generate high-Yield Solar Cells by combining different metals in an alloy that is stable, efficient and recyclable.
The result is an “unmatched material with superior performance in the field of solar cell material production,” said the study’s senior author, professor Sang-Jun Kang of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) in Seoul.
The results were published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
Kang and his colleagues first designed a solar cell that was made of silicon, a compound with the lowest melting point, but could generate a high output.
In the new study, the researchers made the material with a mixture of aluminum, tin, and nickel.
The alloy is known as the Altex electronic material, which is also known as a lithium-ion battery.
It has the same properties as the silicon alloy.
The new alloy has the advantage that it can be used for producing thin film solar cells, Kang said.
The research team then used this alloy to produce the most efficient solar cell, the one that can generate up to 100 percent of its power at room temperature.
The Altex is made from a thin layer of silicon (the Altex) that has a nickel-oxide layer (the nickel layer).
Kang said this alloy is also ideal for manufacturing thin film photovoltaic (PV) cells because the nickel oxide layer is easier to remove.
This means that if the solar cell is dropped on the ground, it would not shatter, and would continue to function for years.
The researchers also used the alloy to make a lithium ion battery.
Kang said the Althex battery is the ideal battery for the new solar cell.
The lithium ion batteries used in solar cells have higher energy density, greater capacity, higher power density, and higher energy efficiency, Kang explained.
Kang added that the lithium ion has the potential to be a major new industry in the future because it has a low cost of production.
Kang noted that the new alloy also is a good choice for batteries for low-cost solar cells.
Kang believes the research team’s work can lead to new materials and products for solar cells in the coming years.
He also noted that solar cells can be made from the AlTex, which are already being used in some low-power products.
He noted that this research may also lead to the development of a material for the use in the high-performance solar cells of the future.