Alternative Solar Cells and Their Implications
This study mainly focuses on electrolytic solar cells that can serve as an alternate to solid state solar panels. A thorough evaluation of the performance of existing solar cells (a-Si and c-Si) was performed, before designing a concurrent solar cell. A custom electrolytic solar cell consisting of a cuprous oxide electrode was built that produced a potential difference of 80 mV and a steady current of 4 mA. Thus, by applying our experimental knowledge and engineering background, we are able to strongly support future economic and social implications of such cells. 72 % of Earth's surface area is composed of salt water and solar energy could be harnessed in a similar fashion using ocean water and electrodes. This would result in an extremely cheap production of solar power.