Very interesting to note news reporting that the University of N.S.W. School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering  have found a way to use hydrogen atoms to overcome flaws in silicon wafers meaning that:

  • lower quality silicon and hence lower cost silicon can potentially be used with the same levels of operation as higher grade, more expensive silicon. This could lead to further, substantial declines in solar panel pricing, in years to come
  • efficiencies of the solar panels can potentially reach 23 percent – significantly higher than currently available.
Again, the University of N.S.W. should be applauded for their ongoing, ground breaking work with photo voltaics. It would be great to see such developments converted into Australian manufactured solar technology that utilise this sort of world class photo voltaic development.