Unlimited cheap electricity is now within reach.
Commercial production of a new type of solar cell is beginning in the UK and elsewhere.
The relatively inexpensive process could revolutionise the way we generate and supply energy. It is thought that panels made from a material called Perovskite could be attached to buildings and vehicles providing almost unlimited energy, and ending the world's need for fossil fuels.
Halide Perovskites are a promising new family of materials which conduct electrical charges when stimulated by light. A very thin film of ink from these materials is sandwiched between electrode contacts to make solar cells. Already, these new panels have been found to be highly efficient in generating electricity.
Commercial production will begin in the UK before the end of this year. UK-based Oxford Photovoltaics has built a production line and will be fulfilling its first purchase orders in early 2021. The Polish company Saule Technologies released prototype products at the end of 2018, A Chinese manufacturer, Microquanta Semiconductor, expects to produce more than 200,000 square meters of panels in its production line before the end of 2020.
The button below links to an article by Sam Stranks, Lecturer in Energy, and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is co-founder of Swift Solar Inc.