Report finds new material for cheaper solar panels

4 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Friday, January 23 2015 Jan 23, 2015 Friday, January 23, 2015 6:40:00 PM CST January 23, 2015 in News
By: Spencer Wilson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Solar power has long been a popular, albeit expensive way to provide clean energy.

But a new report out of the University of Exeter in England shows a new way to make the same clean energy that will cost less.

Perovskite, a mineral that is being used in experiments with solar panels, and it's showing promising results.

Perovskite is less expensive than silicon or film based technologies currently being used to create solar cells for the panels, and the components needed to make it are far more common. Lead recycled in old car batteries is just one of the potential ingredients for the new compound.

Solar panels create energy using photovoltaic cells, turning sunlight into power. It is shown to be a popular energy source with environmentalists because it doesn't release by-products like fossil fuels.

Cameron Etheridge with Energy Link says while the cheaper panels aren't on the market just yet, people can expect them soon.

"Lots of different universities are working with perovskite right now, with a lot of different ingredients and results," Etheridge said. "Some are even looking into a coating that you could attach to solar panels already in the field that would double their output."

Tom O'Conner is on the board of Water and Light in Columbia and said cheaper prices would be great for Columbia.

"We are already set to get more solar panels within the next year, so cheaper can always help," he said.

While O'Conner's roof is covered in shade, he still has ten solar panels in his front yard, suspended on wood planks.

"They just bring me a lot of joy, it's just this gorgeous iridescent blue material that just sits there in the sun and shoves out clean energy." O'Conner said. "It's just falling out of the sky and there it is, and it's just very satisfying to be more self-sufficient."

While the report does say perovskite has a large potential to lower costs of solar panels, it is still in question if the material will be able to create stable solar cells under different climate conditions.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct grammatical errors.]

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The owner of Arch and Columns Pub said if the cases before the Supreme Court fail it will... More >>
30 minutes ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 10:22:00 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Friends and family gathered Monday to see 87 people become United States citizens. The United States... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 6:21:00 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - People in one Moberly neighborhood say they feel safe following someone fired a gun over the weekend. ... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 3:33:00 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - New census data shows, while Missouri’s population increased slightly last year compared to 2017, more than 52 counties... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 3:08:00 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A law enforcement veteran of three decades will take over as interim director of the department that... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 3:07:00 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A man accused in the 2017 death of Leon Wilder in Audrain County pleaded guilty Monday ahead of... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 12:01:37 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police responded to a report of shots fired on Boyd Lane late Sunday night. The Columbia Police... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 12:08:00 AM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Officers arrested a Moberly man for allegedly stabbing someone Sunday. Moberly police said officers found a man... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 8:05:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police said the right lane of U.S. 63 northbound n ear t he Broadway exit was shut... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 5:17:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in a series of bomb blasts that hit... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:18:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY — Authorities say officers responded to a brawl involving up to 300 teenagers at the Worlds of Fun... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:39:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
WINONA — Visitors to a conservation area in southern Missouri could soon have more acreage to explore along the Jacks... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:31:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City artist has been selected to create statue of former President Harry Truman for display... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:13:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia will host a litter pickup from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Flat Branch Park. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 8:28:00 AM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A comic convention brought comic fans and beer enthusiasts together for an afternoon of fun Saturday. STL... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:54:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Jay Dix's Challenge to Cure 5K and 10K on Saturday raised around $8,000 for the Ellis Fischel... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:32:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
ELDON - A memorial service was held Saturday evening to honor the life of a Miller County Sheriff's deputy who... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:15:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Police said a man tried to shoot at his girlfriend Saturday afternoon as she attempted to enter the... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:34:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
11pm 64°
12am 61°
1am 59°
2am 57°