Nanocrystalline Dye Solar Cells

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  1. SueinWA

    SueinWA Junior Member

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    Is anyone familiar with these? A friend of mine heard that there was a permie or organic outfit here in the western U.S. who taught classes in how to make them, but I have not been able to track them down.

    Excerpt from Wikipedia: "This cell is extremely promising because it is made of low-cost materials and does not need elaborate apparatus to manufacture. In bulk it should be significantly less expensive than older solid-state cell designs. It can be engineered into flexible sheets and is mechanically robust, requiring no protection from minor events like hail or tree strikes. Although its conversion efficiency is less than the best thin-film cells, its price-performance ratio (kWh/m2/annum/dollar) should be high enough to allow them to compete with fossil fuel electrical generation (grid parity)."
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dye-sensitized_solar_cell

    And there is a kit you can buy, at https://www.solideas.com/solrcell/cellkit.html

    And here is a .pdf article on what appears to be a how-to: https://www.camse.org/scienceonthemove/d ... manual.pdf

    Does anyone understand this? Is it actually possible to make your own solar cells?

    Sue
     
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    Re: Nanocrystalline Dye Solar Cells

    Interesting stuff, Sue. It does look like one could make their own solar cells, either from the kit or by assembling the "ingredients" on their own. But the caveat seems to be that the manufacturing process given for homemade results in a cell that's only good for a couple of months, perhaps from UV deterioration. If that's truly the case, and the short working life of the homemade cells is due to UV, I would suppose that some sort of UV filtering could be added.

    You gonna buy a kit????

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    Re: Nanocrystalline Dye Solar Cells

    No, I don't think so.... Chemistry and electricity are the same as magic to me.

    Sue
     

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