A big nano boost for solar cells
Jan 18, 2017
Solar cells convert light into electricity. While the sun is one source of light, the burning of natural resources like oil and natural gas can also be harnessed.
Team directly measures how perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power
Jan 11, 2017
Solar cells made with films mimicking the structure of the mineral perovskite are the focus of worldwide research. But only now have researchers at Case Western Reserve University directly shown the films bear a key property ...
Reliable processing of efficient solar cell material depends on how solvent is removed
Jan 10, 2017
Silicon is the dominant material in the production of solar cells. However, perovskites are catching up: they are cheap, flexible and have a promising light-to-electricity conversion efficiency. KAUST researchers are investigating ...
First real-life study to provide data on the potential of powering medical implants with solar cells
Jan 03, 2017
The notion of using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one. Swiss researchers have done the math, and found that a 3.6 square centimeter solar cell ...
Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology
Dec 23, 2016
While solar cell technology is currently being used by many industrial and government entities, it remains prohibitively expensive to many individuals who would like to utilize it.. There is a need for cheaper, more efficient ...
Scientists invented method to take material out of theory and make it into real electrode
Dec 20, 2016
A little sodium goes a long way. At least that's the case in carbon-based energy technology. Specifically, embedding sodium in carbon materials can tremendously improve electrodes—which could streamline solar cell and supercapacitor ...
Researchers study promising solar cell materials — with laser focus
Dec 16, 2016
Perovskites, once on the fringes of solar cell research, have fast become the "it" materials for advancing solar power.
Magnetic reconnection research sheds light on explosive phenomena in astrophysics and fusion experiments
Dec 08, 2016
Scientists are closer than ever to unraveling a process called magnetic reconnection that triggers explosive phenomena throughout the universe. Solar flares, northern lights and geomagnetic storms that can disrupt cell phone ...
Chinese firm scraps German tech deal after US block
Dec 08, 2016
A Chinese company on Thursday said it had scrapped plans to purchase German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron after US President Barack Obama blocked a key element of the deal on security concerns.
Lightening soldiers' loads by lifting PV cells onto flexible surfaces
Dec 07, 2016
Two thousand years ago, Roman legionnaires lugged 100-pound packs into battle. A lot has changed since then, but technology hasn't really reduced an infantryman's load. On the battlefield, mobility is critical—but a typical, ...