Nanotechnology may be key to solar energy and energy storage

February 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News



In the study, “Nanotechnology in the sectors of solar energy and energy storage” (pdf) commissioned by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI found that there is a whole range of nanomaterials which will grow in importance as technology continues to advance.

The rise of nanomaterials

A key finding of the study is that technologies where “nano” already plays an important role will be of special interest for industry and research.

The following nanomaterial technologies will be of particular importance: “organic and printed electronics”, “nano-coatings,” “nano-composites”, “nano-fluids”, “nano-catalysts”, “nanocarbons” and “nano-electrodes”. These seven technology profiles form the basis for two comprehensive roadmaps in the technical report.

For example, through the use of nanotechnology the light and energy generation of crystalline silicon solar cells or organic solar cells can already be enabled or significantly increased. Their manufacturing also requires less material and is more cost-efficient.

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