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Applying Chemical Technology to Enhance Solar Cells
With advancing solar cell technology, researchers are continuously looking for innovative ways to fabricate solar cells. Advanced chemistry is one such technique that can be used to shape solar cells in order to optimize power collection. For the expansion of solar power, it must be ensured that excess electricity is stored. By expanding the storage of solar energy, new energy translation technologies must be implemented. For example, energy storage options in the chemical industry have opened up new pathways. With the help of intramolecular reactions, conversion and storage of solar energy into a single molecule can produce energy-storing solar cells.
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Researchers are currently looking at ways to create sophisticated storage combined with controlled energy release. Converting chemical energy to electrical energy is the ultimate result being sought after. A new solar device named “energy-storing solar cell” has been created to achieve the desired result.
The norbornadiene-quadricyclane storage system, which is simply hydrocarbons have been under discussion for the most promising method. Norbornadiene molecules also have the tendency to turn into quadricyclane under the light. The level of energy density produced is equal to that of high-level batteries. The effect of photosensitizers and electron acceptors are currently being studied to maximize storage efficiency. Quadricyclane is known to be a solar fuel in terms of its effect on solar cells.
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