Toward 'greener,' inexpensive solar cells
22 hours ago
Solar panels are proliferating across the globe to help reduce the world's dependency on fossil fuels. But conventional panels are not without environmental costs, too. Now scientists are reporting in the Journal of the American ...
Chemists find key to manufacturing more efficient solar cells
Sep 23, 2016
In a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy policy, Columbia scientists have demonstrated it is possible to manufacture solar cells that are far more efficient than existing silicon energy cells ...
A marriage made in sunlight: Invention merges solar with liquid battery
Sep 22, 2016
As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of night when solar cells go to sleep. Lithium-ion batteries, the commonplace batteries used in everything ...
Nano-optical research reveals insight for improved plasmonic grating design
Sep 21, 2016
University of Arkansas researchers have discovered that a newly developed plasmonic fabrication capability and design can improve the performance of biosensors, solar cells and photodetectors.
Inexpensive semiconducting organic polymers can harvest sunlight to split carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels
Sep 20, 2016
Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol ...
Artificial photosynthesis: Researchers create the first practical design for photoelectrochemical water splitting
Sep 12, 2016
Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich have developed the first complete and compact design for an artificial photosynthesis facility. This is a decisive step towards applying the technology. The concept is flexible both ...
New perovskite research discoveries may lead to solar cell and LED advances
Sep 07, 2016
"Promising" and "remarkable" are two words U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory scientist Javier Vela uses to describe recent research results on organolead mixed-halide perovskites.
New technique opens up advanced solar cells
Sep 02, 2016
In a photovoltaic cell, light generates opposite charges in the active layer. The charges must then be separated as quickly as possible to keep them from recombining. Positive charges are driven by a built-in electric field ...
Imploding bubbles improve the growth of single-crystalline perovskite solar cell thin films
Aug 31, 2016
Single thin-film crystals are required to utilize promising hybrid organic/inorganic perovskite materials to develop solar cells. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) researchers have ...
Interface engineering for stable perovskite solar cells
Aug 25, 2016
The lifetime of perovskite solar cells is significantly enhanced by using few-layer molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) flakes as an active buffer interface layer. Researchers from the Graphene Flagship show that interface engineering ...