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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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

Better performance for mixed tin-lead perovskite solar cells
Using a new solution chemistry, researchers have made mixed tin-lead perovskite solar cells more efficient. (2019-04-18)

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)

Large tin monosulfide crystal opens pathway for next generation solar cells
A team at Tohoku University has succeeded in growing large single crystals of tin monosulfide, a material used in next generation solar cells. (2020-08-21)

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)

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)

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)

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)

New world record for fullerene-free polymer solar cells
Polymer solar cells can be even cheaper and more reliable thanks to a breakthrough by scientists at Linköping University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This work is about avoiding costly and unstable fullerenes. (2016-04-19)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Photovoltaic cells tap underwater solar energy
Scientists at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Electronics Science and Technology Division, develop solar cells capable of producing sufficient power to operate electronic sensor systems underwater at depths of nine meters. (2012-06-07)

Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have successfully created electricity-generating solar cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time. (2015-02-18)

Light propagation in solar cells made visible
How can light which has been captured in a solar cell be examined in experiments? Jülich 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)

Shining a light on what's really happening in perovskite solar cells
Researchers from the University of Tsukuba used electron spin resonance spectroscopy to follow the internal deterioration mechanism of perovskite solar cells while they were in operation. They showed correlation between changes in the spin states and the performance of the solar cells. It is hoped that the findings will provide a useful starting point for the continued development of perovskite solar cells and ultimately contribute to viable green energy solutions. (2020-12-09)

Perovskite and organic solar cells prove successful on a rocket flight in space
Almost all satellites are powered by solar cells - but solar cells are heavy. While conventional high-performance cells reach up to three watts of electricity per gram, perovskite and organic hybrid cells could provide up to ten times that amount. A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has now tested this type of cell in space for the first time. (2020-08-13)

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)

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)

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)

DOE grant funds solar energy project
Competitively priced electricity from easily manufactured solar cells is the aim of a Penn State researcher's project funded for up to $1,231,000 over three years by the US Department of Energy. (2008-04-01)

Plants absorb lead from perovskite solar cells more than expected
Lead from metal-organic perovskite compounds can be absorbed particularly easily by plants. The bioavailability is significantly higher than that of lead from inorganic compounds as found in batteries. This is shown in a study by HZB researcher Antonio Abate with partners in China and Italy, published in Nature communications. (2020-01-21)

Freestanding microwire-array enables flexible solar window
Transparent solar cells (TSC) are emerging device that combines the benefits of visible transparency and electricity generation. One of the prospective applications of such devices is their integration into windows or electronics, requiring colour-neutrality and flexibility. Scientist in Korea developed a new-concepted TSC consisting of freestanding Si microwire-arrays and transparent polymer matrix with tunable transparency and stretchability. This platform will now endow new avenues for TSC as flexible solar window applications. (2019-12-13)

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)

Three for the price of one - mobile electrons multiplied in quantum dot films
Researchers of the Opto-electronic Materials section of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and Toyota Europe have demonstrated that several mobile electrons can be produced by the absorption of a single light particle in films of coupled quantum dots. These multiple electrons can be harvested in solar cells with increased efficiency. The researchers published their findings in October issue of the scientific journal Nano Letters. (2011-10-14)

Commercial 'green' solar cells may be possible, say Pitt researchers
Developing solar energy that is low-cost, lightweight, and energy efficient has proven to be one of the greatest challenges the science world faces today. Although current plastic solar cells are low in cost and easy to produce, they are not energy efficient and, therefore, not easily commercialized. With grant funding from the National Science Foundation, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are predicting a way to produce solar cells that will offer more flexibility in generating green energy. (2011-11-22)

Researchers develop a path to liquid solar cells that can be printed onto surfaces
Scientists at USC have developed a potential pathway to cheap, stable solar cells made from nanocrystals so small they can exist as a liquid ink and be painted or printed onto clear surfaces. (2012-04-25)

Solar cells utilize thermal radiation
Thermal radiation from the sun is largely lost on most silicon solar cells. Up-converters transform the infrared radiation into usable light, however. Researchers have now for the first time successfully adapted this effect for use in generating power. (2013-11-13)

SNew solar panel design could lead to wider use of renewable energy
Researchers say the breakthrough could lead to the production of thinner, lighter and more flexible solar panels that could be used to power more homes and be used in a wider range of products. (2020-10-08)

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)

High-efficiency concentrator solar cells and modules
Solar energy will play a crucial role in the energy mix of tomorrow as solar energy is available in unlimited quantities. With the aid of concentrator solar cells, even more sunlight can be converted into electricity. (2010-05-20)

A new world record for solar cell efficiency
In a remarkable feat, scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed thin film solar cells on flexible polymer foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4 percent for converting sunlight into electricity. The cells are based on CIGS semiconducting material known for its potential to provide cost-effective solar electricity. The technology is currently awaiting scale-up for industrial applications. (2013-01-17)

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