Friday, February 14, 2014

Dr. Henry Snaith in Top 10 Scientists of the Year List for Pioneering Work in Solar Power

Dr. Henry Snaith has been announced as one of the top 10 scientists of the year for his work to develop a cheaper form of solar power. He is from the University of Oxford and is the only scientists to be named in the list.

Dr. Snaith and his team created cheap and efficient perovskite-based solar cells. These can be integrated into the glass fronts of buildings. They are based between the university's department of physics and Oxford Photovoltaics (PV), at Begbroke Science Park.

Dr. Snaith, 35, from Abingdon, said that the achievement has made him proud and it is a really nice feeling to have been recognized so highly.

This achievement has opened the doors for using the perovskite-based cells to bring down the costs of solar power in the future.

Dr. Snaith explained: "We started work on the material about two years ago and over the past year and a half there have been remarkable developments".

He added that they gained confidence after finding out that the performance improved significantly, i.e. by 15%. He is optimistic that it will compete with the highest performing materials. The cost of the materials will eventually fall down to an incredible extent which was not possible ever before.


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