Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the United States have developed a high-performance solar cell. Photo: NREL

The use of solar power is increasing in the country. But the efficiency of the solar cell that converts solar energy into electricity has been very low for so long. Scientists have now created more efficient solar cells.

The newly discovered solar cell has set a world record for its extraordinary performance. This information was reported in the report of Good News Network.

Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the United States have developed a new high-performance solar cell. The efficiency of this solar cell is close to 50 percent.

Earlier, the average efficiency of solar cells was 15 to 20 percent. This means that previously solar cells could convert a small portion of the absorbed solar energy into electricity. Now this power will increase several times.

The efficiency of the newly discovered six active photoactive (six junction) solar cells is much higher. The maximum conversion capacity of this solar cell is 48.1%. It’s a world record.

John Gage, lead scientist on the research project and lead author of the research paper, said the newly discovered solar cell is showing really remarkable efficiency.

Ryan France, the project’s scientist and co-author of the research paper, said the efficiency of the solar cells they discovered was likely to exceed 50 percent.

However, due to fundamental limitations, it will not be possible to achieve 100 percent efficiency, said Ryan France.

Scientist John Gage said they are working to reduce the production cost of solar cells. If that is done, it will be possible to create a new market for high-efficiency solar cell devices.

This will lead to a huge change in solar power generation, which is very positive for the entire human race. This is because it will further reduce the use of fossil fuels.