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Helena Stec

How can we make transparent gold electrodes and why?

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Nina Chadwick

Why are scientists designing new dyes for Dye-sensitised Solar Cells?

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Dan Staff

How are electrons moving inside an excitonic solar cell?

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Alice Jensen

Why do we need an electrolyte in a solar cell?

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Gabriela Kissling

Nothing is simple so how can fundamental research help other scientists make more efficient solar cells?

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Laurie King

What are quantum dots and how can they be used in solar power?

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Christina Chang

How are electrons moving inside an excitonic solar cell?

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Prof. Neil Robertson

How can we make a white semiconductor absorb visible light from the sun?

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Bruno Ehrler

Find out about plastics that can conduct electricity and be made into inks to print solar cells.

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Dr Tadhg O’Donovan

What is solar thermal technology and how can it be used to generate electricity?

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Dr Anne-Marie Fuller

Find out about SISER – the pan-university alliance of solar energy researchers across 11 Scottish research centres.

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Amanda Hughes

How could solar energy help provide clean drinking water to people in developing countries and disaster relief zones?

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Prof Mike Walls

The Supergen SuperSolar Hub is an exciting 5 year project that will see the creation of the UK’s first standards lab for solar cells, a research programme that aims to improve the efficiency of next generation photovoltaic devices.

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Dr Jake Bowers

How can a spraying technique carried out at atmospheric conditions result in cheaper solar cells?

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Dr Rachael Rowlands-Jones

Dr Rachael Rowlands-Jones introduces us to the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER), a research facility at Glyndŵr University in North Wales, and how they manufacture cadmium telluride thin film solar cells.

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Thin film solar cells, e.g. cadmium telluride solar cells, are a cheaper alternative to traditional silicon solar cells. They use much less material and so are easier and cheaper to manufacture. Dr Rachael Rowlands-Jones from the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) talks about the properties of thin film cells and how they can be manufactured.