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Solar cells of the future
A new material, nano flakes, may revolutionize the transformation of solar energy to electricity. (2007-12-18)

Solar cell design with over 50 percent energy-conversion efficiency
Solar cells convert the sun's energy into electricity by converting photons into electrons. A new solar cell design could raise the energy conversion efficiency to over 50 percent by absorbing the spectral components of longer wavelengths that are usually lost during transmission through the cell. These findings were published on April 6 in the online edition of Nature Communications. (2017-04-23)

Physicists develop approach to increase performance of solar energy
Experimental condensed matter physicists in the Department of Physics at the University of Oklahoma have developed an approach to circumvent a major loss process that currently limits the efficiency of commercial solar cells. Members of the Photovoltaic Materials and Devices Group, led by OU associate professor in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ian Sellers, along with theorists at Arizona State University, led by David K. Ferry, have demonstrated a breakthrough toward the development of a hot carrier solar cell. (2020-04-20)

Semitransparent and flexible -- Solar cells made from atomically thin sheet
A new method for fabricating semitransperant, flexible solar cells has greatly improved power conversion efficiency. (2017-09-25)

Light propagation in solar cells made visible
How can light which has been captured in a solar cell be examined in experiments? J├╝lich scientists have succeeded in looking directly at light propagation within a solar cell by using a trick. The photovoltaics researchers are working on periodic nanostructures that efficiently capture a portion of sunlight which is normally only poorly absorbed. (2014-12-05)

Research findings in solar cells will have an impact on solar panel industry
University of Luxembourg's Laboratory for Photovoltaics has established a method to observe and prevent solar cell degradation before solar cell production is finished, which has implications for the solar cell manufacturing industry since chemical damage to solar cells can occur quickly. (2012-10-11)

TU Delft: cheap and efficient solar cell made possible by linked nanoparticles
Researchers of the Chemical Engineering department and the Kavli institute of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have demonstrated that electrons can move freely in layers of linked semiconductor nanoparticles under the influence of light. This new knowledge will be very useful for the development of cheap and efficient quantum dot solar cells. The researchers publish their findings on Sept. 25 on the website of the scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology. (2011-09-26)

Researchers demonstrate 'avalanche effect' in solar cells
Researchers at TU Delft and the FOM Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter in the Netherlands have found irrefutable proof that the so-called avalanche effect by electrons occurs in specific, very small semiconducting crystals. This physical effect could pave the way for cheap, high-output solar cells. The findings are to be published in scientific journal Nano Letters this week. (2008-05-26)

The future of solar-powered houses is clear
The future of solar-powered houses is clearPeople could live in glass houses and look at the world through rose-tinted windows while reducing their carbon emissions by 50 percent thanks to QUT Institute of Sustainable Resources research. (2008-04-09)

Solar cells get a boost from bouncing light
A new twist on an old solar cell design sends light ricocheting through layers of microscopic spheres, increasing its electricity-generating potential by 26 percent. (2011-07-29)

Researchers develop new possibilities for solar power
Two Queen's researchers have contributed to a significant breakthrough in solar technology. Their research has led to a new solar photovoltaic thermal system that generates both electricity and heat. (2012-07-10)

Life of plastic solar cell jumps from hours to 8 months
A team of researchers from the U of A and NINT has extended the operating life of an unsealed plastic solar cell, from mere hours to eight months. The team developed a longer lasting, polymer coating for the electrode. Prior to the new coating the team's plastic solar cell could only operate at high capacity for about 10 hours. (2010-06-21)

Substantial improvement in essential cheap solar cell process
A cheap alternative to silicon solar cells can be found in dye-sensitized solar cells. This type of cell imitates the natural conversion of sunlight into energy by, for instance, plants and light-sensitive bacteria. Annemarie Huijser has succeeded in substantially improving a process in this type of solar cell, which is similar to Graetzel cells. Huijser will receive her Ph.D. on this subject from TU Delft on Tuesday, March 25. (2008-03-20)

New efficiency record for solar cells
Physicist Bram Hoex and colleagues at Eindhoven University of Technology, together with the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, have improved the efficiency of an important type of solar cell from 21.9 to 23.2 percent (a relative improvement of 6 percent). This new world record is being presented on Wednesday May 14 at a major solar energy conference in San Diego. (2008-05-14)

Optimum band gap for hybrid silicon/perovskite tandem solar cell
Tandem solar cells based on silicon and perovskites have raised high hopes for future high efficiency solar modules. A team led by Henry Snaith, University of Oxford, has now shown, with contributions by Bernd Rech and Lars Korte of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, that an ultimate efficiency of 30 percent should be attainable with such tandem cells. They discovered a structurally stable perovskite composition with its band gap tuned to an optimum value of 1.75 eV. The results have been published in Science. (2016-01-08)

TU/e awarded for knowledge transfer to solar energy industry
Ph.D. graduate Bram Hoex and research group Plasma & Materials Processing of Eindhoven University of Technology have been awarded the Leverhulme Technology Transfer Award 2008. They receive the prize for their successful transfer of research results from academia to industry. Earlier this year Hoex's Ph.D. research was rewarded with the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award. (2008-11-07)

Breakthrough for carbon nanotube solar cells
Northwestern University professor Mark Hersam and collaborators have developed a carbon nanotube solar cell that is twice as efficient as its predecessors. (2014-09-03)

New way to make low-cost solar cell technology
Researchers at the Australian National University have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough that could lead to more efficient and cheaper solar electricity. (2016-11-14)

Tandem devices feel the heat
Researchers develop a better understanding of how novel solar cells developed in the lab will operate under real conditions. (2020-09-14)

Innovation puts next-generation solar cells on the horizon
In a world first, a Monash University-led international research team has developed an innovative way to boost the output of the next generation of solar cells. Scientists at Monash University, in collaboration with colleagues from the universities of Wollongong and Ulm in Germany, have produced tandem dye-sensitized solar cells with a three-fold increase in energy conversion efficiency compared with previously reported tandem dye-sensitized solar cells. (2009-11-30)

New connection between stacked solar cells can handle energy of 70,000 suns
North Carolina State University researchers have come up with a new technique for improving the connections between stacked solar cells, which should improve the overall efficiency of solar energy devices and reduce the cost of solar energy production. The new connections can allow these cells to operate at solar concentrations of 70,000 suns worth of energy without losing much voltage as 'wasted energy' or heat. (2013-09-06)

Using the power of the sun to reach the stars
Solar sail technology is close to becoming an engineering reality. It will soon be used in the exploration of the solar system and beyond. Using the power of the sun for space travel propulsion will be the next leap forward in our journey to other worlds. The new book (2008-08-27)

A question of affinity
A collaboration of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Germany and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia have recently scrutinized organic solar cells and derived design rules for light-absorbing dyes that can help to make these cells more efficient, while tailoring the absorption spectrum of the cells to the needs of the chosen application. (2020-10-27)

NASA's SDO watches twisting solar material over sun's surface
Solar material twists above the sun's surface in this close-up captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 7-8, 2016, showcasing the turbulence caused by combative magnetic forces on the sun. (2016-06-27)

International solar physics conference set June 1-6 at Montana State
An international conference on the sun-Earth-space relationship will be held June 1-6 at Montana State University. (2008-01-28)

Risoe DTU and Mekoprint distribute 10,000 polymer-solar-cell-powered flashlights
The mass production of organic photovoltaic cells is both feasible and inexpensive. As a physical proof of this, 10,000 solar cell flashlights, produced in cooperation between Risoe DTU and Mekoprint, were given away at the LOPE-C conference in Frankfurt on June 28-30. The project (2011-07-13)

Glass microparticles enhance solar cells efficiency
Scientists from ITMO University have developed a new solar cell coating based on amorphous silicon that combines the features of an electrode and those of a light-trapping structure. The coating enabled researchers to cut down on reflected light and avoid the overheating of solar cells, thus increasing their overall efficiency by 20%. Moreover, the suggested method is highly suitable for industrial needs due to its relatively low cost and simplicity. The research was published in Optics Letters. (2017-11-20)

For solar boom, scrap silicon for this promising mineral
Cornell University engineers have found that photovoltaic wafers in solar panels with all-perovskite structures outperform photovoltaic cells made from state-of-the-art crystalline silicon, as well as perovskite-silicon tandem cells, which are stacked pancake-style cells that absorb light better. (2020-08-03)

PolyU develops solar cells with highest power conversion efficiency
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has successfully developed perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells with the world's highest power conversion efficiency of 25.5% recently. (2016-04-12)

Ultra-stable perovskite solar cell remains stable for more than a year
EPFL scientists have built a low-cost and ultra-stable perovskite solar cell that has been running at 11.2 percent efficiency for over a year, without loss in performance. (2017-06-01)

Novel NIST laser system mimics sunlight to test solar cell efficiency
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a laser-based instrument that generates artificial sunlight to help test solar cell properties and find ways to boost their efficiency. (2014-05-30)

NREL/Boeing Spectrolab team wins Research and Development Award
A solar cell produced by Boeing Spectrolab under a subcontract with the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is among this year's most significant innovations, as judged by Research & Development Magazine. (2007-07-20)

DGIST achieves the highest efficiency of flexible CZTSSe thin-film solar cell
DGIST Division of Energy Technology achieves the highest photoelectric conversion efficiency in the world. Huge expectations toward the commercialization of flexible solar cell that is applicable in various fields. (2019-09-19)

Halogens can increase solar cell performance by 25 per cent
New research from the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that using halogens--a class of elements that include fluoride, bromine, chlorine and iodine--in a dye-sensitized solar cell can increase conversion efficiency by 25 per cent. The discovery could set the stage for improved solar cell designs. (2017-12-19)

Researchers improve safety of lead-based perovskite solar cells
Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) have developed a technique to sequester the lead used to make perovskite solar cells, a highly efficient emerging photovoltaic technology. (2020-02-25)

Apollo Solar Energy funds new $1.5 million CdTe solar research center at NJIT
NJIT received today from Apollo Solar Energy Inc. a three-year, $1.5 million grant to establish a solar research center. The company, based in Chengdu, the People's Republic of China, mines and refines tellurium (Te) and high-purity tellurium-based metals for specific segments of the global electronic materials market. (2010-03-16)

Surrey makes breakthrough in perovskite solar cell technology
The University of Surrey has helped to create a technique that has produced the highest performing inverted perovskite solar cell ever recorded. (2018-06-29)

Perovskite solar cells surpass 20 percent efficiency
EPFL researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals. (2016-06-09)

Invitation to GOPV conference in China
Everyone who works with organic solar cell technology is hereby formally invited to participate in the Conference: Global Organic PhotoVoltaic Conference (GOPV). GOPV will be held at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China October 10-12, 2011. Registration must take place no later than June 1, 2011. (2011-05-23)

A model will help to understand the solar dynamics
An international group of scientists, in cooperation with a research scientist from Skoltech, has developed a model to describe changes in solar plasma. This will help comprehend solar dynamics and gives some clues to understanding how to predict space weather events. The results have been published in The Astrophysical Journal. (2019-11-22)

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