Free Solar Materials Lecture

Free Solar Materials Lecture
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Solar Materials are the key to moving off of fossil fuels.

Solar energy technology is changing quickly with researchers around the world working to provide an energy alternative to fossil and nuclear fuels that can finally set us on a path to reduce global greenhouse gas accumulation. Maybe if we are fast enough and smart enough we could actually reverse the situation we have today with the highest recorded level of CO2 being right now in 2017.

As a student of renewable energy, solar technology is one of the most promising and fascinating. Imagine being able to power all of our worlds from the energy provided each and every day from our sun! Imagine not having to pay a utility for your power every month, but instead just make sure you keep your solar panels clean!

A Free Solar Materials Lecture.

For the last 60 years, scientist and engineers have been striving to make electronic devices which convert sunlight directly into usable electricity. These photovoltaic cells are now so efficient that over the last 10 years, the cost of producing electricity from sunlight is now cheaper in some places in the world than the production of electricity from coal-fired power stations.

Today 25 percent is the maximum solar efficiency we can expect
Today 25 percent is the maximum solar efficiency we can expect

We are now therefore at a tipping point, where increased future power generation capacity will be dominated by photovoltaics, due to economics rather than environmental concerns. This free video lecture will explore key discoveries and advancements of a new family of photovoltaic materials that have emerged over the last few years and promise to deliver the next generation of more efficient and cheaper photovoltaic cells.

The lecture was recorded on April 26, 2017, at the Royal Society. For more events like this, see our schedule