Most efficient solar cell to date?

prototype-solar-gwu-lumb-1000A research team at George Washington University has developed a prototype solar cell that integrates multiple layered cells stacked into a self-contained device capable of absorbing nearly all of the energy in the solar spectrum.

The new design that converts sunlight to electricity at 41.2% module efficiency and 44.5% implied cell efficiency could prove to be the most effective solar cell ever produced, but is quite an expensive prototype.

Last year UNSW demonstrated a 34.5% efficiency record for a novel cell design.

Read more: GWU / Advanced Energy Materials

Image: Lead researcher Matthew Lumb / GWU press release

This story is taken from the 14 July 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.