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European Kestcells Project Investigates Solar Technology

There has been much research into the development of solar panels over the years with enhancements having been made to improve this technology. At the present time, Northumbria University are involved in the European Kestcells project, that is being funded to the tune of 3.7 million euros, in which their researchers are looking into the suitability of another sort of material that is more readily available than the present kinds of materials being utilised in solar panels. The material is also cheaper than what is presently utilised.

Northumbria University

It is not only Northumbria University that is involved in the project. A number of other universities in Europe as well as companies looking to develop the technology and research institutions are also participating in the project.

The solar photovoltaic energy cells involve kesterite that is a sulphide crystal structure made up of tin, zinc and copper. These may be able to increase the energy’s capacity that has been made by the rays of the sun.

Apparently, in an hour, there is a greater amount of solar energy that lands on the surface of our planet than the population of the world utilises in a twelve-month period so this new material may be able to capture more of this energy.

Researchers will be trained to have a better understanding of and develop as thin a film as possible which is believed will result in electricity that has been produced using solar power being more competitively priced as well as being more efficient. The material is 50 times thinner than one hair strand. They will also be able to assess if this material can be produced in sufficiently large quantities.

It will be interesting to monitor any progress that is made in the future and, as always, we will keep you up to date with any significant developments.

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