TechConnect Innovation Program

Crystalline Nanospheres to Increase Solar Efficiency

Louisiana State University, LA, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

This invention is a new type of nanoparticle that can be incorporated into solar cells, improving the mobility of electrons excited by solar energy. These more mobile electrons are far likelier to be harvested as usable electricity. This fundamental change in mobility may produce efficiencies exceeding existing theoretical limits.

Primary Application Area: Energy & Efficiency

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 2

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The proposed nanospheres have the potential to increase solar cell efficiency to levels beyond the limits of traditional solar. This efficiency increase will allow cells to generate more power and be more competitive with other energy sources. It can also reduce costs by requiring fewer cells for specific energy needs.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 328

Website: www.lsu.edu/intellectual_property

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: This invention received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant, University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners