New Solar Cell Technology Could Absorb Energy in Overcast Conditions

By: Michael Hemsworth - Apr 8, 2016
References: onlinelibrary.wiley & gizmag
One of the biggest challenges for solar cell technology is to operate in overcast and rainy conditions, which new research is helping it to do.

Coated with graphene, the new solar cells would harness the power of raindrops to maintain functionality in wet, overcast conditions. This could prove immensely fruitful in areas of the world that experience seasons and require enhanced durability in order to operate.

The new solar cell technology was tested in China -- headed by Qunwei Tang -- with researchers successfully proving their prototype in the laboratory setting. The researchers behind the new technology are working on further refining the technology, which in the long run could prove to be a huge turning point for the solar energy industry.