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Serendipitous observation may lead to more efficient solar cells and new gas sensors
While investigating perovskite crystals, University of Groningen scientists made an observation that could make perovskite solar cells more efficient. (2016-07-27)
Studying solar wind
An international team of scientists, including Dr. Chris Coath from the University of Bristol, have measured oxygen isotopes in solar wind, captured by NASA's Genesis mission, to infer the isotopic composition of the sun, and, by inference, the solar system as a whole. (2011-06-29)
Solar-powered partnership
Arizona State University has signed a research and education partnership agreement with the University of Tokyo's Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology to collaborate on projects aimed at producing significant engineering advances in solar-energy technologies. (2010-03-31)
New method detects emerging sunspots deep inside the sun, provides warning of dangerous solar flares
Sunspots spawn solar flares that can cause billions of dollars in damage to satellites, communications networks and power grids. (2011-08-19)
Turning diamond film into solar cells
Timothy Fisher is taking a Tiffany's approach to converting sunlight into electricity: With a $348,000 grant from National Reconnaissance Office, the assistant professor of mechanical engineering is exploring the use of polycrystalline diamond as a replacement for the silicon solar cells currently used in many space applications. (2001-04-11)
Using fine-tuning for record-breaking performance
Materials scientists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have achieved a new record in the performance of organic non-fullerene based single-junction solar cells. (2018-11-27)
UD researcher on project team for NASA's first visit to the sun
A University of Delaware researcher is helping to design instruments for a robotic space probe that will go where no other has gone before: the sun. (2010-10-06)
CCNY physicists demonstrate photonic hypercrystals for control of light-matter interaction
Control of light-matter interaction is central to fundamental phenomena and technologies such as photosynthesis, lasers, LEDs and solar cells. (2017-05-05)
NASA researcher finds planet-sized space weather explosions at Venus
Researchers recently discovered that a common space weather phenomenon on the outskirts of Earth's magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere, has much larger repercussions for Venus. (2014-02-20)
SOLAR Project To Help Science Teachers, Students SOAR To New Astronomical Heights
North Carolina public school students soon will SOAR to great heights in science, thanks to a new program that allows them to use the Morehead Observatory telescope at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and eventually, may give them access to the SOAR telescope now under development in Chile. (1998-04-15)
Simultaneous design and nanomanufacturing speeds up fabrication
By using concurrent design and nanomanufacturing, Northwestern University researchers produce inexpensive material surfaces for use in ultra-thin solar cells that can absorb more light. (2017-08-04)
Scientists design energy-carrying particles called 'topological plexcitons'
Scientists at UC San Diego, MIT and Harvard University have engineered 'topological plexcitons,' energy-carrying particles that could help make possible the design of new kinds of solar cells and miniaturized optical circuitry. (2016-06-09)
High renewable electricity growth continued in 2015
The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that US renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. (2016-12-06)
NASA spacecraft ready to explore outer solar system
The first NASA spacecraft to image and map the dynamic interactions taking place where the hot solar wind slams into the cold expanse of space is ready for launch Oct. (2008-10-06)
Sunny future for nanocrystal solar cells
Researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed the first ultra-thin solar cells comprised entirely of inorganic nanocrystals and spin-cast from solution. (2005-10-20)
Stellar success for Queen's solar stars
Astrophysicists from Queen's University have captured an unprecedented close-up image of the sun's fiery atmosphere -- and, in so doing, have won a major new global award. (2010-12-22)
Scientists move closer to '2 for 1 deal' on solar cell efficiency
The underlying mechanism behind an enigmatic process called 'singlet exciton fission,' which could enable the development of significantly more powerful solar cells, has been identified by scientists in a new study. (2015-03-16)
Scientists describe how solar system could have formed in bubble around giant star
Scientists with the University of Chicago have laid out a comprehensive theory for how our solar system could have formed in the wind-blown bubbles around a giant, long-dead star. (2017-12-22)
University of Oregon study says sunnier Oregon summers reflect global warming
University of Oregon physicists report clear evidence of climate change according to their analysis of high quality solar radiation data gathered continuously over a 25-year period. (2005-08-09)
NREL teams with SolarCity to maximize solar power on electrical grids
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. (2014-12-09)
A molecular map to renewable energy?
Harvard researchers today released a massive database of more than 2 million molecules that might be useful in the construction of solar cells that rely on organic compounds that might be useful in the construction of organic solar cells for the production of renewable energy. (2013-06-24)
NSF awards NJIT physicist Dale Gary $832,927 to study radio waves
Solar physicists want to know more about the sun's magnetic fields because they are cited as the cause behind potentially damaging outbursts such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections. (2004-09-27)
Solar modules embedded in glass
Organic solar modules have advantages over silicon solar cells. However, one critical problem is their shorter operating life. (2014-07-08)
NASA Goddard scientists present new results at Fall AGU meeting
New insights on warming of the stratosphere, breakup of Antarctic ice shelves, and many other earth science topics will be presented by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center scientists this week at the Fall 2000 American Geophysical Union meeting. (2000-12-13)
Three UNIST researchers named world's most highly cited researchers
Three researchers, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) ranked in the top 1 percent in their fields globally. (2017-11-29)
Stanford study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research
A new study by Stanford scientists overturns a widely held explanation for how organic photovoltaics turn sunlight into electricity. (2013-11-19)
Wind farms can provide society a surplus of reliable clean energy, Stanford study finds
Stanford researchers have found that the wind industry can easily afford the energetic cost of building batteries and other grid-scale storage technologies. (2014-03-20)
MIT: New tool for analyzing solar-cell materials
An online tool called (2012-02-07)
Argonne, Northwestern seek ANSER to solar energy challenges
Helping the world meet increasing energy needs through solar energy will be the goal of a new joint collaborative established by the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University. (2007-05-09)
Multitasking New Horizons observed solar wind changes on journey to Pluto
In addition to its history-making encounter with Pluto last July, the New Horizons spacecraft also recorded significant changes in how the solar wind behaves far from the sun. (2016-04-05)
Denim buildings are lastest in green chic
Cheap, bendy solar panels which have the appearance of denim could be draped over just about any shape of building. (2003-02-13)
Ikerlan designs silicon-free photoelectric module of easy incorporation
A team of researchers at the Ikerlan-IK4 technological center have made a laboratory-scale photoelectric panel which, apart from fulfilling the function of converting solar light into electricity, solves the problems of integratability and availability that current technology presents. (2009-02-23)
'Oumuamua likely came from a binary star system
New research finds that 'Oumuamua, the rocky object identified as the first confirmed interstellar asteroid, very likely came from a binary star system. (2018-03-19)
Copper nanowires enable bendable displays and solar cells
A team of Duke University chemists has perfected a simple way to make tiny copper nanowires in quantity. (2010-06-01)
Sunlight with cooling factor
Although it sounds like a contradiction in terms, using the power of the sun for refrigeration is proving to be an original energy concept. (2010-05-03)
Three-quarters of new solar systems worldwide were installed in the EU in 2009
In 2009, newly installed photovoltaic (PV) cells world-wide produced a peak amount of electricity estimated at 7.4 GW, out of which 5.8 GW was located in Europe. (2010-09-06)
Solar powered sea slugs shed light on search for perpetual green energy
In an amazing achievement akin to adding solar panels to your body, a Northeast sea slug sucks raw materials from algae to provide its lifetime supply of solar-powered energy, according to a study by Rutgers University-New Brunswick and other scientists. (2018-05-03)
NREL examines solar policy pathways for states
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics. (2014-03-11)
Spanish solar energy: A model for the future?
There is no free fuel. Whether you drill for and refine oil, or manufacture and maintain a panel to collect solar energy and convert it into electricity, it takes energy to make energy. (2013-03-04)
Scientists accurately simulate appearance of sun's corona during eclipse
The most true-to-life computer simulation ever made of our sun's multimillion-degree outer atmosphere, the corona, successfully predicted its actual appearance during the March 29, 2006, solar eclipse, scientists have announced. (2006-06-26)
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