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Dye Sensitized Solar Now 10% Efficient

Alert EcoGeek readers will remember that University of Washington scientists reported building dye-sensitized solar cells with around 6% efficiency last April. This itself was a major improvement, a success attributed to a novel particle structure (see that post for details). It seems, though that there is a new player in town – Peng Wang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently announced a breakthrough technology that will produce 10% efficient cells.

10% efficiency might not sound like a lot, compared to silicon cells. But dye-sensitized solar makes up for its relatively low efficiency with its very low cost and best cialis price ease of manufacture. Unlike silicon, which requires raw materials to be extensively processed, these thin solar films are made with cheap compounds such as titanium dioxide.

There’s a catch, though. Although Wang’s cells can claim to genuine viagra wholesalers be most efficient in their class, they are not made out of titanium dioxide, but rather ruthenium – a rare metal. Unless the effects of this new material can be replicated with cheaper, more abundant materials, it seems difficult to call this a real victory in the field.

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written by Jonathan McCabe, November 04, 2008
I believe the cheap viagra eu pharmacy ruthenium is part of the dye that is on buying viagra in canada the surface of best place viagra the titanium dioxide, and a very small component by weight of the cell.
written by Clinch, November 05, 2008
I agree that almost doubling the efficiency of these type solar cells is good progress, I still don't believe that this type of cell will be able to compete with normal solar cells, which have also had recent improvements to increase efficiency, and decrease cost.
written by Xiaohong Chen, November 10, 2008
The cell is still TiO2 based with mono layer Ru(bpy)3 coating. The difference is the electrolyte. Typical Gratzel cell uses I2 in liquid.

This cell is promising. However, the cell efficency and the effeciency decay (cell life) is not yet good enough.

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