The race is on to discover the cheapest and most efficient source of energy to be used by every person in the planet. The sad reality now is that only those who can afford reliable energy source can enjoy things such as watching television, using gadgets, and doing important tasks with the help of machines, among others. Unfortunately for the most of the working class, purchasing fuel or gasoline is off the table because of its high cost.
There are other ways to harvest energy, especially in our environment, without having to rely on non-renewable and often expensive energy sources such as crude oil. Thanks to the advancement of technology over the year, we can now harvest energy from nature itself. Solar power has become a trend among establishments nowadays, as tremendous amount of energy from the heat of our own sun can be used for our needs.
Unfortunately, the cost of having this technology is still too high for everyone to afford. The good news is that a new semiconductor is now being developed, which could pave the way for cheaper and more accessible solar power for all.
Current Solar Power Tech Is Still Too Expensive
Solar power should be the answer to the increasing cost of fuel and electricity, as people can simply get their own energy from the heat of the sun, which every person can enjoy as inhabitants of this planet. Another workaround to this problem is to learn how to conserve energy. The issue is that harvesting solar power is quite complicated. First, you need the right tools and instruments to do so, and purchasing them won’t be easy. Aside from their expensive cost, solar power tech is not just widely available in all areas. Just imagine the cost of manufacturing solar panels right off the factories, given these circumstances. You will also need to pay for other extra fees such as installation, wiring, electronics, and other technical aspects of solar panel technology.
The great news for us today is that a laboratory in Cambridge, England is developing a new family of semiconductor materials known as halide perovskites. Semiconductors are an important part of the solar panel for it to work. With this new type of semiconductor, the solar panel will be able to conduct charges when stimulated with light. Moreover, perovskite inks are deposited onto glass or plastic to make very, very thin films, or about one-hundredth of the width of a human hair, which are composed of metal, halide, and organic ions. When placed in between electrode contacts, these extremely thin films make solar cells or LED devices.
With cheaper kind of materials in creating solar panels, more people will be able to afford installing the technology in their own houses. Imagine having more savings to finally check your kidney stones with a doctor.