Ecofriendly Solar Cells: The Route to Sustainable Energy Production

Society is at an impasse; the fuels on which we rely so heavily are both finite and environmentally distressing. A sustainable, clean source of energy is required to power our modern society.

In recent years, solar power – simply harnessing the light that reaches the Earth surface each day – was thought to be an appealing solution. To date, the high cost of producing solar cells has hindered the widespread application of this clean energy source.

Dr. Zhifeng Ding at Western Science is leading the charge to change that.

Though currently made of low-cost and abundant elements, converting raw materials into solar cells is expensive, inefficient, and requires the use of highly toxic components. The Ding research group is using novel material combined with cutting-edge surface chemistry to design and create solar cells that are affordable, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly. 

Prioritizing cost-efficient synthetic techniques utilizing non-toxic and environmentally friendly materials, Dr. Ding’s group is pushing to make solar cells a more desirable product and a ubiquitous solution to alternative energy generation in Canada. By creating these solar cells, their research has the potential to significantly increase the accessibility of solar energy by offering an affordable, sustainable solution to the global community. 

Meet Amy Tapley, a PhD candidate, researching this essential topic in the Ding lab.