Faculty Advisor

Makarov, Sergey N


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.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering