thin film technology -Thin Film Solar Cell Technology – Professor Chris Binns – University of Leicester

February 15, 2013 – 3:21 am

** Professor Chris Binns explains a project to develop Thin Film solar cell technology. Norwegian company EnSol AS has patented a ground breaking, thin film solar cell technology which they seek to develop commercially by 2016. The company is working with the University of Leicester Department of Physics and Astronomy to develop this revolutionary new type of solar cell material that could be covered with a thin film, for example, windows in buildings to produce power on a large scale. The new material has been designed by EnSol AS and is based on nanoparticles that can be synthesized in Leicester. The University of Leicester Department of Physics and Astronomy has a long history in the field of nanoparticles and has equipment that is suited to the world for the production of small amounts of material for prototypes. Photovoltaics are destined to form a key generation method of power on the part of a low carbon economy and the new technology that will bring a step closer. The material is composed of metal nanoparticles (diameters ~ 10 nm) embedded in a transparent composite matrix. EnSol next generation of photovoltaic cell technology has a huge potential for a lower environmental impact and the cost of producing much more effective and purchase compared to conventional devices. For more information about Thin Film Solar Cell Technology see; For more information on Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester see;

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  1. 13 Responses to “thin film technology -Thin Film Solar Cell Technology – Professor Chris Binns – University of Leicester”

  2. Solar industry in Europe is dead. High cost of manufacturing, feedback tariffs withdrawn or cut and the Chinese are to blame!!

    By Fred Bloggs on Feb 15, 2013

  3. so what’s happened to this research? any updates? i’ts been over 2 years since its announcement…

    By peacekeepermoe on Feb 15, 2013

  4. well congratulations professor :)

    By peacekeepermoe on Feb 15, 2013

  5. The Port St. Lucie Civic Center has the largest thin film solar array on a public building in Florida. Projections estimated over $36,000 in savings per year. After 1 year it produced only $1800 in electricity. My residential $30 thousand dollar 22 pv panel system makes around $3000 of electricity annually!!! Solar film, shingles & paint don’t produce and won’t last. My first panel worked for 32 years – go with proven technology – solar pv panels….. ~love the planet~

    By William McNeely, Jr. on Feb 15, 2013

  6. a very ambitious project. hope it would succeed because it would surely help make use of the energy from the sun and not from destructive sources.

    By ehmfrancisco on Feb 15, 2013

  7. this looks really interesting

    By CleanroomsAustralia on Feb 15, 2013

  8. i like it

    By manoj y on Feb 15, 2013

  9. Would really be a great help.

    By felpaluche on Feb 15, 2013

  10. This advance should go straight on to the back of a Kindle! It could work with the low wattage that thing uses. Imagine the marketing of a green Kindle that charges itself in your holiday sunshine and needs no connection to anything else.

    By ScouseJack on Feb 15, 2013

  11. Nice one dad!!

    By MesmerizingMadness on Feb 15, 2013

  12. he has the same name as me my name is Chris Binns too :)

    By Christopher Binns on Feb 15, 2013

  13. Thank you for useful video!

    By Jupiter276 on Feb 15, 2013

  14. What a great idea - even better it’s British (That’s Brit-ish)

    By Doug Watson on Feb 15, 2013

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