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Oxford Photovoltaics Developing Supermaterial That Could Change Our World

OPV-2The biggest hurdle in moving toward renewable energy is, as these things always are, money. Making a plant’s worth of solar cells from crystalline silicon is an expensive, energy-intensive process. There’s an alternative material that has the solar world buzzing though, and that’s perovskites.

Oxford Photovoltaics is one of the leading companies trying to commercialise perovskites, which, as wonderful as they have been in the lab, still do need to hold up in the real world.The company hopes to produce panels with perovskite-based solar cells in 2017, according to co-founder and Oxford University researcher Henry Snaith.

Oxford Photovoltaics is an Oxford University spinout based at Oxford University Begbroke Science Park.

Read about the 6 supermaterials that could change our world  in this article from Gizmodo UK

Joanna Grant