24 December 2019 - Charlotte Platzer Björkman

2019-12-24

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How does your research contribute to a better world?

"The world needs to move away from burning of fossil fuels to using renewable energy technologies instead. Solar cells convert sunlight directly into electricity and are now starting to be used in large scale around the world. Solar cells are versatile; they can be used in standalone small systems, in households without access to the grid, or in large-scale solar cell parks or installations on buildings connected to the grid.

In my research, I develop thin film solar cells that use less material and energy in production than conventional solar cells. I also investigate such thin film solar cells based on new materials that are cheap and highly abundant. These solar cells can be integrated in building materials such as roofs and façades and also combined with conventional solar cells for higher performance in the future, allowing even larger use of solar cells to meet global electricity demands."

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