Energy: Wall and Roof tiles to generate power


Scientists at CENIMAT are attempting to reduce the costs of harnessing the sun’s energy by creating ceramic tiles that can perform photovoltaic action, so-called “solar tiles” that can be used to tile roofs and walls.

Hugo Águas, Rodrigo Martins and their research group at CENIMAT:I3N laboratory of FCT-UNL and CEMOP-UNINOVA have successfully fabricated solar tiles and demonstrated market viability with a cost estimation. Their new solar tiles were able to achieve a 5% conversion efficiency and 80% quantum efficiency.


H Aguas, S K Ram, A Araujo, D Gaspar, A Vicente, S A Filonovich, E Fortunato, R Martins and I Ferreira, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/c1ee02303a