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Raconteur pick thin-film solar cells from Oxford PV as one of their Top 5 materials revolutionising construction

Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd LogoFrom 3D printing to toothbrushes, innovative and sometimes offbeat building materials are changing the face of construction. Stephen Cousins has Raconteur’s top five.

  1. THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS

This innovation could one day replace traditional solar panels, providing a near-transparent alternative that can be applied to glazing or other building materials. University of Oxford offshoot company Oxford Photovoltaics has developed the thin-film solar cells using the mineral crystal perovskite, a semi-transparent material, which when applied in an ultra-thin layer to surfaces is able to generate power from the sun’s rays. The firm’s scientists are currently able to achieve a 15 per cent power conversion rate using a scaled-down version of the technology, but this is expected to rise to over 20 per cent in the near future, more efficient than regular silicon-based solar panels.

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Joanna Grant