125% more efficient solar panels
New research from the University of York and NOVA University of Lisbon has shown that solar panels designed in “checkerboard lines” increases their ability to absorb light by up to 125 per cent.
Researchers say the breakthrough could lead to the production of thinner, lighter and more flexible solar panels that could be used to power more homes and be used in a wider range of products.
Dr Christian Schuster of the University of York said in the Week, "We found a simple trick for boosting the absorption of slim solar cells. Our investigations show that our idea actually rivals the absorption enhancement of more sophisticated designs, while also absorbing more light deep in the plane and less light near the surface structure itself.”