Australian researchers ahead in global race to build better solar panels
A team of Australian researchers are claiming a world first in a global race to develop cheaper, more flexible and more efficient solar panels after their experimental cell passed a series of heat and humidity tests.
Using a type of crystal material known as perovskite, the group found that a simple glass andsynthetic rubbercoating around the cell was enough to stop it from degrading too quickly.
Mostly based at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, the 14 scientists have published their work in the leading journalScience.
Research teams around the world are working with different formulations of the perovskite crystals – seen as a potential game-changer for the solar industry.
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