A New Solar Cell Can Converts 26.1% of Sunlight into Electricity

A new record-breaking solar panel can convert around 26.3% of the energy from the sun into renewable power which is developed by researchers in Japan. There is a new wave on renewable energy sources and with Governments, enterprises, and consumers all looking for alternative ways to generate electricity. It has been a continuous quest in making the accessible solar technology more efficient.

Scientists of the Kaneka Corporation in Japan have contributed to a new groundbreaking research towards this in making solar cells more efficient. They have improved the photo-conversion efficiency of silicon solar cells. The solar cells developed by them are capable of converting around 26.3% of energy from the beams of sunlight to electricity. How about tree leaves converting sunlight to energy? It is observed that tree leaves are able to convert 3% of sunlight to energy.

Meanwhile, the current generations of solar cells have an efficiency record set at 25.6%. So, this new development makes it marginally more efficient and also benefits renewable energy sources. It is also reported that the scientists are expected to reach a theoretical efficiency of 29.1% in years to come.

There are no current plans to make the new solar cells commercially available and consumers and enterprises will have to wait for some more time. Meanwhile, the team of scientists is researching and working ahead to assembling these cells and turning them into viable solar cells. It is reported that these cells could be available around 2020.

There are great strides being made in converting sunlight rays into electricity and making silicon solar cells more efficient is a significant step. According to sources, it is reported that photovoltaic electricity that would be generated via solar panels would account for over 20% of global primary energy around 2050.

Renewable energy sources would help consumers and enterprises to be poised to not only reduce electricity costs but also contribute towards reducing global warming.

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