Crystalline Nanospheres to Increase Solar Efficiency
Louisiana State University, LA, United States
This invention is a new type of nanoparticle that can be incorporated into solar cells, improving the mobility of electrons excited by solar energy. These more mobile electrons are far likelier to be harvested as usable electricity. This fundamental change in mobility may produce efficiencies exceeding existing theoretical limits.
Primary Application Area: Energy & Efficiency
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 2
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: The proposed nanospheres have the potential to increase solar cell efficiency to levels beyond the limits of traditional solar. This efficiency increase will allow cells to generate more power and be more competitive with other energy sources. It can also reduce costs by requiring fewer cells for specific energy needs.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 328
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Government Funding/Support to Date: This invention received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.
Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant, University
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners