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Novel Solar Cells Arrive at International Space Station for Testing

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Five different types of solar cells fabricated by research teams at the Georgia Institute of Technology have arrived…
Eco-friendly electrochemical catalysts using solar cells to harvest energy from the sun

October 3, 2019

A research team from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Kanazawa University develops an eco-friendly device that…
Photovoltaic-powered sensors for the “internet of things”

September 27, 2019

By 2025, experts estimate the number of “internet of things” devices — including sensors that gather real-time data…
Covering only 1% of the World‘s Cropland with Solar Panels could meet Humanity‘s Energy Needs

August 14, 2019

Sounds too good to be true? Not according to researchers from Oregon State University (OSU), who had conducted…
Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency, new study shows

August 8, 2019

The most productive places on Earth for solar power are farmlands, according to an Oregon State University study.…
How common elements can make a more energy-secure future

July 4, 2019

Thin-film solar panels, the cell phone in your hand and the LED bulb lighting your home are all…
Photovoltaic nanotubes

June 20, 2019

Special nanotubes could improve solar power and imaging technology. Physicists discovered a novel kind of nanotube that generates…
Slothbot Takes a Leisurely Approach to Environmental Monitoring

May 31, 2019

For environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, infrastructure maintenance and certain security applications, slow and energy efficient can be better…
Durability Vs. Recyclability: Dueling Goals in Making Electronics More Sustainable

April 12, 2019

The falling cost of solar power has led to a boom in recent years, with more and more…
X-rays Reveal Why Adding a Bit of Salt Improves Perovskite Solar Cells

February 12, 2019

A team of researchers has reported new findings about perovskites that could pave the way to developing low-cost,…
The brief history of solar energy

December 17, 2018

Solar Energy is becoming an alternative energy source as opposed to burning fossil fuels which are why more…
Giving Organic Photovoltaics New Properties

November 14, 2018

Organic solar cells that can be painted or printed on surfaces are increasingly efficient, and now show promise for…
Stretchy solar cells a step closer

November 9, 2018

Organic solar cells that can be painted or printed on surfaces are increasingly efficient, and now show promise for…
Shedding new light on photosynthesis

October 16, 2018

University of Michigan researchers have developed a powerful microscope that can map how light energy migrates in photosynthetic…
Multimodal imaging shows strain can drive chemistry photovoltaic material

September 27, 2018

A unique combination of imaging tools and atomic-level simulations has allowed a team led by the Department of…
Boron Nitride Separation Process Could Facilitate Higher Efficiency Solar Cells

September 5, 2018

A team of semiconductor researchers based in France has used a boron nitride separation layer to grow indium…
Team from Costa Rica and UC Riverside Creates Biophotovoltaic Technology

July 19, 2018

Claudia Chaves Villarreal, a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering in UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering,…
Clues to Solar Cell Efficiency Found at Atomic Level

June 27, 2018

The silicon-based solar technologies that have been around since the 1970s have similar efficiencies—around 20–25 percent. “Despite being…
New research could literally squeeze more power out of solar cells

April 20, 2018

Physicists at the University of Warwick have published new research in the Journal Science (via the Journal’s First Release…
It’s a trap! For photons.

March 29, 2018

When a solar cell absorbs a photon of light, it starts an electronic race against time. Two particles…
Potassium gives perovskite-based solar cells an efficiency boost

March 22, 2018

A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more…
Materials ‘sandwich’ breaks barrier for solar cell efficiency

March 15, 2018

Solar cells have great potential as a source of clean electrical energy, but so far they have not…
Supercomputing More Light than Heat

February 5, 2018

Solar cells can’t stand the heat. Photovoltaics lose some energy as heat in converting sunlight to electricity. The…
Chemists create tinted windows that also generate electricity

February 1, 2018

A new discovery by Berkeley researchers may soon bring us windows that automatically tint on a sunny day…
Solar power advances possible with new “double-glazing” device

December 7, 2017

A new ‘double-glazing’ solar power device – which is unlike any existing solar panel and opens up fresh…
Enhancing Solar Power With ‘Jewels of the Sea’

October 17, 2017

Diatoms, a kind of algae that reproduces prodigiously, have been called “the jewels of the sea” for their…
2018 BIG Idea Competition

August 8, 2017

The Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an initiative supporting NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD) efforts to rapidly…
Rooftop concentrating photovoltaics win big over silicon in outdoor testing

July 25, 2017

A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard…
Battling corrosion to keep solar panels humming

February 3, 2017

People think of corrosion as rust on cars or oxidation that blackens silver, but it also harms critical…
Simple Processing Technique Could Cut Cost of Organic PV and Wearable Electronics

December 6, 2016

A simple solution-based electrical doping technique could help reduce the cost of polymer solar cells and organic electronic…
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