Power & Energy

Organic polymer solar cells is the thing to reckon now


Traditional solar cells made out of inorganic materials have been in use since ages. It is nothing new. However, the latest discovery in the field of solar power is the use of organic polymer solar cells. The inorganic solar cells are indeed long- lasting but the organic solar cells made up of polymer are light in weight and very flexible. The best advantage that these polymer solar cells otherwise known as PSCs have over their inorganic counterparts is that they could be used in remote devices like the Wi- fi enabled ones and other smaller appliances.

The PSCs could be used not as a substitute for the inorganic solar cells but certainly they could be used along with them. This is because, the PSCs are not very durable but they are highly efficient in overcoming the high- voltage shock and thus could be used in “point- of- use” devices. PSCs are much safer than the poisonous batteries.

PSCs are basically polymers of plastic. So, this means they are highly flexible and thus could be printed on a plastic jacket and could be carried almost anywhere without much hassle. As these PSCs can be printed into rolls, they could be very well used on buildings and other surfaces.

Although the PSCs offer great promises, there remain certain challenges that need to me answered. The primary challenge is the fact that the raw material that is indium tin oxide is very expensive. Researchers must find out and alternative to it. Secondly, the PSCs must be made more durable.



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