NEW MATERIALS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGIES
A novel approach, based on the integration between predictive modelling and experimental techniques, allowed the development of perovskite-based solar cells, exhibiting record efficiencies, low production costs and improved environmental stability with respect to the state of the art.
The research was carried out by the Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials of the CNR Bologna and the Southern University of Science and Technology of Shenzhen, China. This collaboration that enabled the synthesis of new materials, aiming at the fabrication of efficient solar cells based on perovskite, a material with excellent photovoltaic properties. Perovskite materials, in recent years, have been at the center of studies targeting renewable energy devices, thanks to the low cost and high performance in terms of efficiency. The two research teams have integrated predictive modeling and experimental techniques, enabling the synthesis of new low-cost materials, able to "protect" perovskite layers from rapid degeneration and, at the same time, keeping high standards of photovoltaic efficiency, thus laying the foundations for industrial scale-up and for applications.
The research has recently been published on Advanced Energy Materials.