Graphene quantum dots can improve the efficiency of silicon solar cells
12 hours ago
Small flakes of graphene could expand the usable spectral region of light in silicon solar cells to boost their efficiency, new research from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, shows.
Samsung to invest $1.2 billion in IoT research in US
Jun 21, 2016
Samsung announced plans Tuesday to invest $1.2 billion for US-based research over the next four years on "human-centered" applications for the Internet of Things.
Imec demonstrates highly efficient bifacial solar cells with near 100% bifaciality
Jun 20, 2016
Imec, the world-leading nano-electronics research center and partner in Energyville, will present at this week's Intersolar Europe/EU PVSEC a highly efficient bifacial n-PERT (BiPERT) solar cell featuring a bifaciality value ...
Ultrafast charge separation
Jun 17, 2016
Polymers are an exciting prospect for use in solar cells because their manufacture is cheap, easily processed at low temperatures and can be scaled up for industrial production. A key drawback is their relatively low power ...
Theoretical modeling of energy loss in solar cells shows atomic vibrations hurt efficiency
Jun 13, 2016
When sunlight is absorbed in a solar cell, some of the energy that could be used is lost as heat. Because this complex loss process occurs in a fraction of a second, characterizing it has long been a challenge. For the first ...
Researchers find the right balance to speed wireless downloads through use of duplexing
Jun 08, 2016
In a world of 7 billion cell phones, wireless service providers are always searching for ways to maximize the efficiency of wireless spectrum to improve service. The so-called "half duplex" radios that comprise today's cellular ...
Energy-saving devices work—if you use them correctly
Jun 08, 2016
A well-insulated home with a high-efficiency air conditioner and programmable thermostat are only as effective as the person using it.
Graphene device puts fuel-efficient cars in pole position
Jun 02, 2016
A graphene-based electrical nano-device has been created which could substantially increase the energy efficiency of fossil fuel-powered cars.
Study shows tax on plug-in vehicles is not answer to road-funding woes
May 27, 2016
Given declining revenues from gasoline and diesel fuel taxes and the need for new ways of funding road infrastructure, state and federal policymakers are considering or have enacted annual registration fees for plug-in vehicles. ...
First semi-transparent perovskite modules
May 25, 2016
Nanoelectronics research center imec, partner in Solliance, presented today the first-ever semi-transparent perovskite PV-module, achieving power conversion efficiencies up to 12%. The technology enables for semi-transparent ...