An international group of scientists has announced the creation of a solar farm for the first large-scale testing of perovsky solar batteries in the open air, and researchers have produced and installed nine large-scale panels on a research farm in Crete, which operates entirely on solar power.
In an article published in Nature Energy magazine, researchers say that for the farm, they produced nine solar panels based on two-dimensional material of graphen, perovskit . They each have an area of 0.5 m2, and they consist of 40 perovsky modules connected to each other.
The researchers have also developed the necessary supporting infrastructure, data collection systems and weather stations, which enable them to continuously monitor the solar farm by comparing the environment with the system ' s performance in the open air. All data on the system ' s operation and weather are uploaded to an online storage facility and are available to researchers around the world.
For the first time, researchers published the results of their collaborative efforts in Advanced Functional Materials in 2016, in which they discovered a new field of research in the context of perovsktic photogalvanics, demonstrating that by properly developing interfaces with two-dimensional materials, the stability of the perustic solar elements could be significantly improved.
After our first publication on small squares, the main purpose of our recent work was to demonstrate the maximum scale of this technology at the solar farm level, and we were able to test the perovsky technology on such a scale for the first time.
Image on the cover: researchers against the background of the farm. Photo: Solar Farm, HMU Group