Submitted by: Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems
Implemented country: Australia
Title: Silver Cells – A Breakthrough in Solar Technology
The aim of the project was to develop and commercialise a new environmentally benign solar energy technology that has cost and performance advantages over existing photovoltaic technologies. Photovoltaic modules made from silver cells invented at the Centre for Sustainable Energy System at the Australian National University are a totally new technology. Silicon is the preferred material for PV modules and accounts for 90% of the PV market. Since silicon accounts for half the cost of the finished module, large cost reductions in PV systems require a substantial reduction in the amount of expensive silicon per unit area of a solar collector. Silver cells provide the solution to obtain this cost reduction.