Invented material that turns any surface in the solar panel

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Researchers have developed a transparent material that can be printed on a 3D printer and apply on any flat surface, thereby turning it into a photocell.

The team from the University of Queensland achieved success in creating a new class of quantum dots, which under the influence of sunlight can transmit electrons to each other and generate an electric current. Recently, they managed to achieve overall conversion efficiency of 16.6%, which is not much lower than the silicon solar batteries in 22%. However, in contrast to the traditional options, they better perceive the radiation of high frequency and are able to operate at a weak level of lighting.

Therefore, scientists have developed a transparent material on which quantum dots can be placed. In this case, it can be easily printed on a 3D printer and apply to the surface, which allows you to instantly create solar panels.

Potentially, this technology opens the way to create transparent shells for electric vehicles, buildings and wearable electronics, which can generate electricity even at night.

Since it is so far the overall efficiency of quantum dots below silicon photocells, the team plans to develop a hybrid system for industrial use, which will increase the flexibility of solar energy.

Quantum dots are promising technology, but now it is mainly used to create LED displays (QLED)

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