Cheaper Solar Power
Researchers at Massey University, New Zealand have developed solar technology which will enable New Zealanders to generate electricity from sunlight at a tenth of the cost of current silicon-based photo-electric solar cells. The researhcers have developed have developed a range of coloured dyes for use in dye-sensitised solar cells. The synthetic dyes are made from simple organic compounds closely related to those found in nature. The green dye developed by the university is synthetic chlorophyll derived from the light-harvesting pigment plants use for photosynthesis. Unlike the silicon-based solar cells currently on the market, the 10x10cm green demonstration cells generate enough electricity to run a small fan in low-light conditions – making them ideal for cloudy weather. The dyes can also be incorporated into tinted windows that trap to generate electricity. For more information, contact Communications and Marketing Massey University Private Bag 11 222 Palmerston North New Zealand Tel: +64 6 350 5701 Fax: +64 6 350 5618 E-mail: [email protected]
Sector: Renewable Energy Technologies
Country: India
Area of Application: Photovoltaics, Renewable Energy
Keywords: Solar cell, Dyes, Chlorophyll
Advantages: 1. Very cost-effective (1/10 of the exsiting silicon based models)
Environmental aspects: Energy efficiency
Development Status: Commercial Prototype
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Contact Person: APCTT (UNESCAP)
Address: Asian and Pacific Center for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) C-2, Qutab Instituational Area
City: New Delhi
Country: India
Zip/Pin Code: 110016

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