American scientists create a paint with a solar battery function

Troy Townsen

The rapidly developing industry for the production of solar batteries is based on the use of a number of very expensive photovoltaic materials – silicon, cadmium telluride and cadmium chloride. The latter, incidentally, is highly toxic.

Troy Townsen, a researcher at St. Mary’s College, claims that he and his colleagues are close to creating a special, non-toxic and inexpensive paint that will soon replace bulky and expensive solar panels.

The photosensitive paint will be applied to the surface of the glass type using special additives, turning it into solar panels. To increase the generated power, several batteries can be combined.

Their efficiency is still inferior to traditional solar panels (5-12% against 16-20%). However, this is easily compensated for the increase in surface area. After all, in principle, photosensitive paint can easily paint the entire roof. Townesen is convinced of the ultimate success:

“We set a goal – to make the results of our work available to ordinary users. Moreover, they will have the opportunity to independently produce solar panels literally in their kitchens. “

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