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
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
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.
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)
Solar Ivy by: SMIT Project Coordinator: Tom Melburn
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