Org.chem solar pv_lecture

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Prepared for Org. Chem 2 w/Holly Sebahar by: Tom Melburn

Prepared for Org. Chem 2 w/Holly Sebahar by: Tom Melburn

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  • 1. Intro to Solar Photovoltaics
    Sunlight converted to usable electricity
    Utah has an abundance of solar radiation that we can begin harnessing immediately.
    *National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • 2. Chemical Engineering
    Of Solar Cells
    Altering the structure and
    deposition of the active layer
    Creating an artificial electrical field that is favorable for charge transport, which would increase cell efficiency
    Increases chances of offering PV as a reliable and cheap form of energy
  • 3. Types of Solar Cells
    Silicon-Highest efficiency for conversion to DC output= ~27%. Silicon is becoming extremely harder to find, making prices for silicon based PV very expensive
    Thin film PV-lower conversion efficiency than silicon (~17%), but is still too expensive for marketplace
    Organic PV (OPV)-most exciting area of PV
    Recent conversions of ~10% efficiency, but is much easier to manufacture and costs are much cheaper compared to other PV’s.
  • 4. If research continues at this rate, OPV’s will be extremely competitive with silicon PV,
    And OPV’s may be the next big clean energy market-(my speculation only)
  • 5. Solar Ivy by: SMIT
    Project Coordinator: Tom Melburn
  • 6. Solar Ivy was just one of many projects approved for funding last semeseter
    Each student pays $2.50 every semester that goes towards the fund which allocates $100,000 to student led projects
    Offered through the
    Office of Sustainability
  • 7.
  • 8. Installing Solar Ivy
  • 9. Enphase Micro Inverters
  • 10. Solar Radiation (Union & OSH)
  • 11. Student Union Poll
    1
    Out of these next three schematic designs, which one is your favorite?
    2
    3
  • 12. 4.
    OSH Poll
    5.
    Which schematic design is your favorite out of these three drawings?
    6.