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Solar power could get boost from new light absorption design
Under the direction of a new professor at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, researchers have developed a new material that absorbs a wide range of wavelengths and could lead to more efficient and less expensive solar technology. (2011-11-02)
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)
Kesterite solar cells: Germanium promises better opto-electronic properties than tin
Specific changes in the composition of kesterite-type semiconductors make it possible to improve their suitability as absorber layers in solar cells. (2018-03-29)
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). (2008-05-14)
Researchers create multi-junction solar cells from off-the-shelf components
In a proof-of-concept paper, researchers from North Carolina State University detail a new approach for creating multi-junction solar cells using off-the-shelf components, resulting in lower cost, high-efficiency solar cells for use in multiple applications. (2019-06-24)
Plastic solar cell efficiency breaks record at Wake Forest Nanotechnology Center
Researchers at Wake Forest University's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials have doubled the efficiency of organic or flexible, plastic solar cells in just two years. (2007-04-19)
Watering solar cells makes them grow ... in power!
Researchers clarified the relationship between air exposure and enhanced electric proprieties in perovskite solar cells. (2016-07-27)
Powering the future -- solar cells by the meter
Trials commencing today promise a new era of solar cells that are printed like money. (2009-02-18)
Highly efficient wet-processed solar cells with molecules in the same orientation
Researchers at Kanazawa University report in the journal Organic Electronics documents a new method for controlling the orientation of conducting molecules in organic solar cells that results in the enhanced light adsorption and performance of the cells. (2018-10-26)
Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells
Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells Researchers lengthened the lifetime of perovskite solar cells by using nanotube film to replace the gold used as the back contact and the organic material in the hole conductor. (2017-03-17)
Bandgap engineering for high-efficiency solar cell design
Researchers from University College London and the University of Bath have proposed a high-efficiency solar cell designed based on bandgap engineering of the solar absorber material ZnSnP2. (2012-06-22)
Superabsorbing design may lower manufacturing cost of thin film solar cells
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a 'superabsorbing' design that may significantly improve the light absorption efficiency of thin film solar cells and drive down manufacturing costs. (2014-02-26)
Standardizing perovskite aging measurements
EPFL scientists have produced a data-driven proposal for standardizing the measurements of perovskite solar cell stability and degradation. (2018-01-02)
Solar-Tectic LLC receives the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award for 2016
Solar-Tectic LLC announced today that it has received the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award for 2016. (2016-10-12)
OU physicists developing new systems for next generation solar cells
University of Oklahoma physicists are developing novel technologies with the potential to impact utility-scale energy generation, increase global energy capacity and reduce dependence on fossil fuels by producing a new generation of high efficiency solar cells. (2016-07-28)
NASA's SDO sees sun's 2 coronal holes
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, captured this solar image on March 16, 2015, which clearly shows two dark patches, known as coronal holes. (2015-03-17)
Improved solar panels and printed electronics on the horizon with new material discovery
New and improved solar panels could result from the discovery of a new liquid crystal material, making printable organic solar cells better performing. (2015-01-14)
Layering titanium oxide's different mineral forms for better solar cells
A Japan-based research team led by Kanazawa University improved the efficiency of a new type of solar cell with a double layer consisting of pure anatase and brookite, two different mineral forms of titanium oxide. (2019-02-28)
FSU researchers pushing limits of solar cells
In a new paper in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Kenneth Hanson and his team have introduced a new strategy for generating more efficient solar cells. (2015-12-02)
Flexing for the next silicon wave
Ultrathin, rigid silicon segments that are wired through interdigitated metal contacts produce ultraflexible high-performance solar cells. (2018-01-29)
Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and from Fudan University in China have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. (2017-05-23)
Nano-sandwich technique slims down solar cells, improves efficiency
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way to create much slimmer thin-film solar cells without sacrificing the cells' ability to absorb solar energy. (2012-06-25)
Osaka solar scientists rough up silicon panels to boost light capture
Osaka University scientists enhance conversion efficiency of crystalline Si solar cells by effectively preventing reflection loss, passivating a submicron silicon structure, and adding a rough nanoscale surface texture using simple and inexpensive processes. (2017-07-26)
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)
PolyU develops novel efficient and low-cost semitransparent solar cells
The Department of Applied Physics of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has successfully developed efficient and low-cost semitransparent perovskite solar cells with graphene electrodes. (2015-09-07)
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. (2017-11-20)
Research team assesses environmental impact of organic solar cells
To better understand the energy and environmental benefits and detriments of solar power, a research team from Rochester Institute of Technology has conducted one of the first life-cycle assessments of organic solar cells. (2010-09-17)
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)
Fraunhofer researchers receive the Franco-German Business Award 2011
Fraunhofer researchers have teamed up with their French colleagues at the Carnot-Institut Laboratoire d'électronique des technologies de l'information CEA-LETI to develop reusable substrates for III-V multi-junction solar cells -- and on Dec. (2011-12-14)
NREL collaboration boosts potential for CdTe solar cells
A critical milestone has been reached in cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell technology, helping pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources. (2016-03-01)
Structure of plastic solar cells impedes their efficiency
A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the UK has found that the low rate of energy conversion in all-polymer solar-cell technology is caused by the structure of the solar cells themselves. (2010-10-07)
Why 'baking powder' increases efficiency of plastic solar cells
The efficiency of plastic solar cells can be doubled or tripled if an extra solvent is added during the production process, comparable with the role of baking powder in dough mixture. (2015-02-06)
New discoveries about photosynthesis may lead to solar cells of the future
For the first time, researchers have successfully measured in detail the flow of solar energy, in and between different parts of a photosynthetic organism. (2016-07-18)
Non-toxic solvent removes barrier to commercialization of perovskite solar cells
Scientists at Oxford University have developed a solvent system with reduced toxicity that can be used in the manufacture of perovskite solar cells, clearing one of the barriers to the commercialization of a technology that promises to revolutionize the solar industry. (2016-10-05)
Scientific breakthrough can lead to cheaper and environmentally friendly solar cells
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found a new way to capture energy from sunlight -- by using molecules that contain iron. (2015-10-13)
Total solar eclipse viewed from Australia
On Nov. 13, 2012, a narrow corridor in the southern hemisphere experienced a total solar eclipse. (2012-11-14)
Tecnalia participates in creation of glass that optimizes use of solar energy
The Construction Unit at Tecnalia (in conjunction with the University of Cantabria) has taken part in the Sunglass project, the aim of which is to develop a new building product. (2010-08-25)
Iowa State researchers developing more powerful solar cells
Iowa State researchers have made discoveries in materials science and plasma chemistry that they hope will boost the performance of thin, flexible solar cells manufactured by an Iowa company. (2006-09-18)
Yes, the sun is an ordinary, solar-type star after all
The Sun is a solar-type star, a new study claims -- resolving an ongoing controversy about whether the star at the center of our Solar System exhibits the same cyclic behavior as other nearby, solar-type stars. (2017-07-13)
Beyond the bulkheterojunction
Bulkheterojunctions (blended junctions) are indispensable for organic solar cells. However, the fabrication of electron and hole transport routes in bulkheterojunction remains quite challenging. (2019-02-19)
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