Solar cell design with over 50% energy-conversion efficiency
10 hours ago
Solar cells convert the sun's energy into electricity by converting photons into electrons. A new solar cell design could raise the energy conversion efficiency to over 50% by absorbing the spectral components of longer wavelengths ...
Researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels
Apr 14, 2017
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating ...
Team develops novel semiconductor nanofiber with superb charge conductivity
Apr 13, 2017
The Department of Mechanical Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a novel technology of embedding highly conductive nanostructure into semi-conductor nanofiber. The novel composite so ...
Team develops world's first full-size IBC bifacial solar module
Apr 12, 2017
The world's first full-size interdigitated back contact (IBC) bifacial solar module has been developed and fabricated in Singapore by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) at the National University of ...
Researchers develop new class of optoelectronic materials
Apr 11, 2017
Semiconductors are used for myriad optoelectronic devices. However, as devices get smaller and smaller and more demanding, new materials are needed to ensure that devices work with greater efficiency. Now, researchers at ...
Crystalline material could replace silicon to double efficiency of solar cells
Apr 06, 2017
A new material has been shown to have the capability to double the efficiency of solar cells by researchers at Purdue University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Low-cost 'solar absorber' promising for future power plants
Apr 05, 2017
Researchers have shown how to modify commercially available silicon wafers into a structure that efficiently absorbs solar energy and withstands the high temperatures needed for "concentrated solar power" plants that might ...
New efficiency record for low-cost solar cell
Apr 04, 2017
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have achieved a new record efficiency for low-cost semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough that could bring down the cost of generating solar electricity.
Conductive graphene ink wins science photography competition's top prize
Apr 03, 2017
An image of spectacular swirling graphene ink in alcohol, which can be used to print electrical circuits onto paper, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and ...
Next generation perovskite solar cells with new world-record performance
Mar 31, 2017
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has presented a new cost-efficient way to produce inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) which sets a new world-record efficiency performance, in particular photostability. ...