The Centre for Advanced Studies and Energy of the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar has designed low-cost solar panels that are less costly in comparison to the current silicon ones. The product has been made with the help of internal partners using third-generation solar photovoltaic technology.
While talking with the dawn news Dr. Najeebullah mentioned that the solar panels will be released in the coming week.
The collaboration in the product was all made by Professor Han of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, and Dr. Toby Meyer of Solaronixmix, Switzerland.
Dr. Najeebullah said that the research for the product began in 2014, while the working on the prototype of the third generation solar panels got underway at the UET’s Centre for Advanced Studies and Energy in 2019. Financial support was provided by the government for this. According to the Dr. center was established in 2014 with the help of USAID.
According to the principal investigator, these solar panels would cost 50% less than the ones made with silicon photovoltaic technology mostly by the Chinese companies and sold in the country. The reason behind less cost consumption is that the materials used in the production were locally available, also the manufacturing required low temperature.
“We replaced silicon with the naturally available metal halide perovskite in our product, which will be produced at 450 degrees centigrade,” he said.
Dr. Najeebullah said the solar panels in the market needed highly refined poured silicon with a purity of 99.99999% and the processing temperature that was required was 1100 and above degree centigrade.
He also said Professor Han was working on the commercialization of the emerging solar technology and was in the process to build a 200MW unit in Huwan area of China. Also, Mr. Han seemed very much interested in working with Pakistan for technology Transfer, as per the Dawn news reported.
He also tried to urge the Government of China and Pakistan for the promotion of technology transfer and allocation of funds to commercialize the emerging solar technology under the multibillion dollars’ worth of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative.
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