Novel design strategy for hydrogen-generating molecular photocatalysts
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An international collaboration coordinated by scientists at the University of Twente (TNW/MESA+) has resulted in a new design approach for hydrogen generating photocatalysts. The authors observed that violating the commonly ...
The future of perovskite solar cells has just got brighter—come rain or shine
Jul 18, 2016
Widely known as one of the cleanest and most renewable energy sources, solar energy is a fast growing alternative to fossil fuels. Among the various types of solar materials, organometal halide perovskite in particular has ...
Improved nanoscale patterning using aniodine or xenon difluoride gas
Jul 18, 2016
A technique developed by scientists at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, has made more controlled fabrication of optoelectronic devices produced from a hybrid of organic and inorganic ...
Conversion efficiency of 18.2 percent achieved using perovskite solar cells
Jul 13, 2016
A research group led by Liyuan Han, a leader of the Photovoltaic Materials Group, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), achieved energy conversion efficiency exceeding 18% using standard size (1 cm2) perovskite ...
Flipping crystals improves solar-cell performance
Jul 06, 2016
In a step that could bring perovskite crystals closer to use in the burgeoning solar power industry, researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University and Rice University have tweaked their crystal ...
Graphene quantum dots can improve the efficiency of silicon solar cells
Jun 30, 2016
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 ...