Sean Nuzum and Tim Davey, who both studied for the MEng in Electronic Engineering at the University's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), based their final year projects on solar energy. Their work was supervised by Professor Darren Bagnall at ECS.
In a research project entitled Solar technology: emerging markets and global economic forecasting, when should you go solar?, Sean predicts that due to the rate at which gas and electricity prices are soaring, and the rate at which photovoltaics is decreasing, it will be cheaper to use solar cells by 2014.
In order to make these cells more efficient than electricity, Tim proposes using devices based on amorphous silicon and develops a case for this in his research project entitled High efficiency a-Si thin-film multi-junction solar cells for the commercial market,
Silicon is plentiful and much less toxic than other materials used to make thin film solar cells and can be deposited as thin film and can be stacked in such a way as to trap light, which increases the cells efficiency and could result in a cell which is 12 percent efficient.’
Both researchers believe that it is time for consumers to think seriously about installing solar panels.
Sean believes that the most common argument against using them is the initial capital outlay needed.
He said: 'The average system today in 2008 costs approximately £3,000 including grants, with a payback time of just six years and this period will reduce significantly over the coming decade.
'The future is certainly bright for the photovoltaics industry and the time is right to go solar.'
Helene Murphy | alfa
Researchers use light to remotely control curvature of plastics
23.03.2017 | North Carolina State University
TU Graz researchers show that enzyme function inhibits battery ageing
21.03.2017 | Technische Universität Graz
The Institute of Semiconductor Technology and the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, both members of the Laboratory for Emerging Nanometrology (LENA), at Technische Universität Braunschweig are partners in a new European research project entitled ChipScope, which aims to develop a completely new and extremely small optical microscope capable of observing the interior of living cells in real time. A consortium of 7 partners from 5 countries will tackle this issue with very ambitious objectives during a four-year research program.
To demonstrate the usefulness of this new scientific tool, at the end of the project the developed chip-sized microscope will be used to observe in real-time...
Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.
The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...
Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.
Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...
In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...
20.03.2017 | Event News
14.03.2017 | Event News
07.03.2017 | Event News
28.03.2017 | Physics and Astronomy
28.03.2017 | Health and Medicine
28.03.2017 | Life Sciences