The solar energy industry like most clean energy industries is very much driven by the technology of the solar energy converion devices. The efficiency and cost of a particular solar cell for example is dependant on the science and the choice of materials.
New materials that are more flexible, efficient and cost effective will allow designers and engineers to start to incorporate solar cells into everything from car bodies and building windows to consumer products.
There are more types of solar pv materials being investigated than you might imagine. In the US, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory ( NREL ) produces a tracking chart that shows the types of solar pv materials, the recorded efficiency of a solar cell using that material, the date is was recorded and who the research entity was that set that record. This chart is recognized the world over by solar pv researchers and engineers.
This is a chart that every student of solar energy show know about. We have included one of the most recent updated charts from NREL for you to have.
In this video, a very proud leader of a solar pv material research team in Hong Kong talks about his teams recent break throughs.
Is Solar PV Materials Research Right For You?
This may be an area that you may wish to pursue as a field of study.
Careers as solar energy researchers are very rewarding and will continue to be in great demand the world over.
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