Soitec Nears 45% Solar PV Cell Efficiency

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The limits of solar efficiency are being pushed higher by the newest multi-junction PV cell from Soitec and its partners, Fraunhofer Institute The post Soitec Nears 45% Solar PV Cell Efficiency appeared first on Solar Feeds.

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  • bmetbmet Solar Expert Posts: 630 ✭✭
    Re: Soitec Nears 45% Solar PV Cell Efficiency

    If this were a forum of solar researchers at a govt-funded advanced project, I'd say THANKS for the heads-up. But since this is a forum consisting of average people who will NEVER own cutting-edge solar collectors (with the power of several hundred suns), why post this here? None of the registered readers will ever have industrial Fresnels tracking in their back yard.

    When they have can boast 25% efficiency under only ONE sun, then give us a shout.
  • CariboocootCariboocoot Banned Posts: 17,615 ✭✭
    Re: Soitec Nears 45% Solar PV Cell Efficiency

    The RSS Newsfeed posts are automatic from sources and are not evaluated before they show up.
    Usually this is a minor annoyance such as multiple listing of the same "amazing breakthrough" in technology that never comes to the retail level. Occasionally it is spamvertising. When it stoops to that level we will remove a post.

    But sometimes the feeds have sparked some interesting discussions and have been moved to more permanent status in the main forum.
  • bmetbmet Solar Expert Posts: 630 ✭✭
    Re: Soitec Nears 45% Solar PV Cell Efficiency

    IMHO, there is nothing interesting about this type of research. For one, they have to 'multiply' the intensity of the sun (hundredfold) for such small gains.
    Secondly, The materials used are exotic, not really ever going to apply for the public good. Thirdly, They money spent on this bragging rite probably could have fed a small town. Fourth, solar cells have been around for half a century, and how far has the efficiency been advanced(without 'collectors' ruining the curve?).

    Like the fictional character Spock says, "one cannot ignore the laws of physics", and using a bigger and bigger magnifying glass can only cheat so much.
  • bill von novakbill von novak Solar Expert Posts: 891 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: Soitec Nears 45% Solar PV Cell Efficiency
    bmet wrote: »
    Secondly, The materials used are exotic, not really ever going to apply for the public good.

    Wasn't so long ago that gallium was considered pretty exotic. Yet we use that regularly for semiconductors today.
    Thirdly, They money spent on this bragging rite probably could have fed a small town.
    Right. And the money spent on solar panels overall has resulted in sub-$1-per-watt solar cells. That seems to be a worthwhile investment in the long run, even if all the avenues don't work out.
    Fourth, solar cells have been around for half a century, and how far has the efficiency been advanced(without 'collectors' ruining the curve?).
    By about a factor of three. In 1960 the top efficiency even of lab cells was around 15%. Now you can get cheap commercial cells that are better than that.
    Like the fictional character Spock says, "one cannot ignore the laws of physics", and using a bigger and bigger magnifying glass can only cheat so much.
    That's actually not cheating, any more than using an MPPT charge controller is cheating. You are just making better use of what's already there.
  • bmetbmet Solar Expert Posts: 630 ✭✭
    Re: Soitec Nears 45% Solar PV Cell Efficiency

    By about a factor of three. In 1960 the top efficiency even of lab cells was around 15%. Now you can get cheap commercial cells that are better than that.

    My 2 yr. old Evergreens, the last of their production run, aren't even 14%. The ones that average consumers get are only a couple of percent points more.

    That's actually not cheating, any more than using an MPPT charge controller is cheating. You are just making better use of what's already there

    Last time I looked up, there was only one sun outside, not 297.
  • jcheiljcheil Solar Expert Posts: 722 ✭✭✭
    Re: Soitec Nears 45% Solar PV Cell Efficiency
    bmet wrote: »
    Last time I looked up, there was only one sun outside, not 297.

    Well if you want to get technical, there are millions of suns...but there is only one we can use in our solar system ;)
    But I do agree with you that this research will never directly benefit individuals like ourselves.
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