Solarcasts

Here are some short videos of solar researchers across the UK explaining various aspects of solar cell science. Have a browse and see what they are up to!

Video stillThin Film Solar Cells (2 min 26 s)
Dr Rachael Rowlands-Jones
Thin film solar cells, e.g. cadmium telluride solar cells, are a cheaper alternative to traditional silicon solar cells. They use much less material and so are easier and cheaper to manufacture. Dr Rachael Rowlands-Jones from the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) talks about the properties of thin film cells and how they can be manufactured.
Video stillCentre for Solar Energy Research  (2 min 55 s)
Dr Rachael Rowlands-Jones
Dr Rachael Rowlands-Jones introduces us to the Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER), a research facility at Glyndŵr University in North Wales, and how they manufacture cadmium telluride thin film solar cells.
Video stillSprayed Solar Cells (2 min 54 s)
Dr Jake Bowers
How can a spraying technique carried out at atmospheric conditions result in cheaper solar cells?
Video stillSUPERGEN SuperSolar Hub (3 min)
Prof Mike Walls
The Supergen SuperSolar Hub is an exciting 5 year project that will see the creation of the UK’s first standards lab for solar cells, a research programme that aims to improve the efficiency of next generation photovoltaic devices.
Video stillSolar-Powered Water Purification Systems (3 min 4 s)
Amanda Hughes
How could solar energy help provide clean drinking water to people in developing countries and disaster relief zones?
SISER3Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (2 min 8 s)
Dr Anne-Marie Fuller
Find out about SISER – the pan-university alliance of solar energy researchers across 11 Scottish research centres.
Solar Thermal1Solar Thermal Technology (3 min 30 s)
Dr Tadhg O’Donovan
What is solar thermal technology and how can it be used to generate electricity?
Plastic in Solar CellsPrintable Polymers (2 min 9 s)
Bruno Ehrler
Find out about plastics that can conduct electricity and be made into inks to print solar cells.
Coloured SemiconductorsColoured Semiconductors (3 min 10 s)
Dr Neil Robertson
How can we make a white semiconductor absorb visible light from the sun?

Copper dyesCopper Dyes (3 min 43 s)
Christina Chang
How are electrons moving inside an excitonic solar cell?
Quantum DotsIntroduction to Quantum Dots (2 min 35 s)
Laurie King
What are quantum dots and how can they be used in solar power?
Quantum Dots 2Molecule Effects on Quantum Dots (3 min 40 s)
Gabriela Kissling
Nothing is simple so how can fundamental research help other scientists make more efficient solar cells?
ElectrolytesElectrolytes in Solar Cells (1 min 46 s)
Alice Jensen
Why do we need an electrolyte in a solar cell?
Diffusion in DSSCsDiffusion in Dye Cells (1 min 27 s)
Dan Staff
How are electrons moving inside an excitonic solar cell?
Dyes for DSSCsDesigning Dyes for Dye Cells (4 min 49 s)
Nina Chadwick
Why are scientists designing new dyes for Dye-sensitised Solar Cells?
Thin FilmsUltra-Thin Gold Films (2 min 21 s)
Helena Stec
How can we make transparent gold electrodes and why?