Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PVFIFTY (TOWARDS A 50% EFFICIENT CONCENTRATOR SOLAR CELL AND A 40% EFFICIENT SPACE SOLAR CELL)
Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2017-04-30
2. A novel solar cell design was developed that will allow space solar cells to have much longer lifetimes, allowing for longer space missions.
3. Coatings were developed for hybrid solar collectors that generate both electricity and useful heat. The coating allows the collectors to have efficiencies well in excess of 50%, whilst delivering fluid the temperatures required for domestic heating and domestic hot water.
2. The light trapping structure is a completely novel invention and has the potential to significantly change the limitations on space flights. Further work is required to develop prototypes.
3. The coatings have been demonstrated to improve the efficiency of solar collectors and are presently being incorporated into a collector for commercialization.