Issue 8
Monday, 01 October 2018
Charles Darwin University
Hooman Mehdizadeh Rad and Professor Jai Singh AM in the new laboratory
Hooman Mehdizadeh Rad and Professor Jai Singh AM in the new laboratory

CDU advances with solar power research

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

CDU has started a new chapter in its bid to make organic solar cells more efficient and cost-effective.

Under the guidance of eminent physicist Professor Jai Singh AM, the Northern Territory’s first photovoltaic cell laboratory has been set up at the Casuarina campus.

Professor Singh said using past theoretical designs students could now fabricate solar cells experimentally in the lab.

He said it was an exciting step forward with PhD candidate Hooman Mehdizadeh Rad recently fabricating the first organic solar cell in the Territory.

“It will certainly make CDU more competitive in attracting researchers and scientists in the field of developing third generation solar cells,” Professor Singh said.

“We are still in the early stages of experimentation, but we hope to be commercially competitive in development soon.

“Third generation organic solar cells are cheaper, flexible, thinner and more lightweight than inorganic prototypes.”

Professor Singh’s research on solar cells and material science has already led to improvements in the efficiency and capability of solar technology.

“With more research, it is envisioned everyday items such as curtains will convert sunlight into household electricity with photovoltaic cells.”