A perovskite solar cell is a type of solar cell which includes a perovskite structured compound, most commonly a hybrid organic-inorganic lead or tin halide-based material, as the light-harvesting active layer. The methods to manufacture these cells are very different from the silicon based solar cells that are so popular today.
Perovskite materials such as methylammonium lead halides are cheap to produce and simple to manufacture which is why researchers around the world are investing how to commercialize them.
As a student of solar energy technology it is imporant to learn all about perovskite chemistry as well as the advantages and disadvantages it holds as a replacement for solar modules. They have obvious advantages of being cheap, light and flexible on a per cell basis. The disadvantage is that up to today, the efficiency for these cells has been very low compared to silcon cells.
If We Can Perfect The Perovskite Solar Cell.
This disadvantage is a serious one as it will require significantly more surface are ( more cells ) to be installed in order to harvest the same anount of the sun’s power. If scientists can find a way to raise the efficiency for perovskite solar cells without incurring higher costs, the technology may surge ahead of silicon solar cells.