Light-emitting glass to enhance solar panel efficiency
Aug 17, 2016
Researchers from ITMO University have developed optical luminescent glass that emits visible light under ultraviolet radiation. Due to this property, the new material has applications for increasing the efficiency and lifetime ...
Material for polymer solar cells may lend itself to large-area processing
Aug 12, 2016
For all the promise they have shown in the lab, polymer solar cells still need to "get on a roll" like the ones employed in printing newspapers so that large sheets of acceptably efficient photovoltaic devices can be manufactured ...
Developing the next generation of solar cells
Aug 12, 2016
Through a $900,000 grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the George Washington University has joined a partnership to develop novel solar cells and create what has the potential to be the world's ...
The impact of surface defects underpins the improved efficiency of hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells
Aug 11, 2016
Hybrid solar cells utilize an interface comprising layers of organic and inorganic materials to convert sunlight into electricity. Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a popular choice for the inorganic material because it is cheap, non-toxic ...
Metal-organic frameworks with a piggyback structure for solar cells and LEDs
Aug 10, 2016
The upconversion of photons allows for a more efficient use of light: Two photons are converted into a single photon having higher energy. Researchers at KIT now showed for the first time that the inner interfaces between ...
New technique leads to improved perovskite solar cells
Aug 09, 2016
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them ...
Making a solar energy conversion breakthrough with help from a ferroelectrics pioneer
Aug 08, 2016
Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than those currently being ...
Making cheaper electronics with a flash of light
Aug 04, 2016
Researchers at RMIT and CSIRO plan to revolutionise the manufacture of smartphones, tablets, solar cells, and LED lights.
Tiny high-performance solar cells turn power generation sideways
Aug 03, 2016
University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices in key performance measures. The miniature solar panels could power myriad personal devices—wearable ...
Team optimizes formula for cadmium-tellurium solar cells
Aug 03, 2016
Solar cells based on cadmium and tellurium could move closer to theoretical levels of efficiency because of some sleuthing by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.