Plastic solar cells : understanding the special additive

H. van Franeker, R.A.J. Janssen

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Abstract

Solar cells use freely available sunlight to make electricity. At the present time, solar electricity does not come cheap, because solar panels are rather expensive. Now imagine that we could reduce costs by printing solar panels like we print newspapers! We can do just that with plastic solar cells. In this article, we explain the basic working principles of these novel plastic solar cells and then show how a stunning threefold increase in solar energy efficiency can be achieved by including a special additive to the printing ink. The function of such a special additive seems almost magical, but as scientists we know that true magic is really rare and we simply had to find out why and how it works. That was the subject of our recent investigations and in this article we describe how we divulged the secret of the special additive.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberarticle 9
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalFrontiers for Young Minds : Science edited for Kids, by Kids
Volume3
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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