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How to make a “perfect” solar absorber

New system aims to harness the full spectrum of available solar radiation.

Now researchers at MIT say they have accomplished the development of a material that comes very close to the ideal for s…

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SMA Plant-Wide O&M and Central Inverters Selected for the Largest Solar Plant in Canada

Solar Leader to Power and Maintain 140 MW Kingston Solar Project

SMA Service will assume operational management of the Kingston Solar project upon commercial operation, and for the next…

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A More Efficient, Lightweight and Low-Cost Organic Solar Cell

In Science, UMass Amherst researchers tell how they broke the ‘electrode barrier’

For decades, polymer scientists and synthetic chemists working to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic sol…

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Hydrogen & Solar Power Boosted by New Ability to Shape Nanostructures

Findings promise wide-ranging advances from clean energy to new sensors

The UMD team created a fundamentally new synthesis strategy for hybrid nanostructures that they and other scientists say…

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UChicago-Argonne National Lab team improves solar-cell efficiency

Researchers identified a new polymer — a type of large molecule that forms plastics and other familiar materials — which…

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Using solar energy to turn raw materials into ingredients for every day life

Just about everything we touch in the course of a day - car, phone, computer, fridge, detergent - even medicines, rely o…

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UCLA researchers use liquid inks to create better solar cells

Solar cell film made from kesterite or perovskite absorbs energy more efficiently and is cheaper to manufacture

The basic function of solar cells is to harvest sunlight and turn it into electricity. Thus, it is critically important …

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Tube-type Silicon Nanostructure Capturing 100% of Sunlight Developed

Researchers have developed a tube-type nanostructure to dramatically increase the light absorption rate of silicon. Sili…

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Boosting Solar Cell Efficiency

U ENGINEERS DESIGN NEW OPTICAL ELEMENT TO SORT SUNLIGHT

University of Utah electrical engineers have designed a thin layer made of a transparent plastic or glass that sorts and…

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Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over …

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Recycling old batteries into solar cells

Proposal could divert a dangerous waste stream while producing low-cost photovoltaics.

A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pol…

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Towards more efficient solar cells

Conventional solar cells can only convert a small part of the solar spectrum into electricity efficiently. Low-energy li…

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FIRST SOLAR BUILDS THE HIGHEST EFFICIENCY THIN FILM PV CELL ON RECORD

21.0 percent conversion efficiency research cell certified at Newport TAC Lab

This certified result bests the previous CdTe record of 20.4 percent conversion efficiency, which was set by First Solar…

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Work starts on Australia’s largest solar photovoltaic systems research facility

It will be the largest solar photovoltaic research facility in the southern hemisphere and support innovation in

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New Material Allows for Ultra-Thin Solar Cells

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have managed to combine two semiconductor materials, consisting of only three atomic layers each. This new structure holds great promise for a new kinds of solar cell.

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have managed to combine two semiconductor materials, consisting of onl…

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UNO Materials Scientist Gets Grant to Help Develop New Solar Device at National Lab

The researchers will use the state-of-the-art equipment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to understand how th…

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Steam from the sun

New spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam.

The new material is able to convert 85 percent of incoming solar energy into steam

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Polymer solar cells may lift the curse of Spot Pricing from renewable energy

Project Megawatt intends to make polymer solar cells profitable enough to allow power generation from polymer solar cell…

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Solar Energy Gets a Boost

UC Riverside chemists’ work on “singlet fission” can increase solar cell efficiency by as much as 30 percent

Currently, solar cells work by absorbing a photon, which generates an exciton, which subsequently separates into an elec…

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Solar modules embedded in glass

Organic solar modules have advantages over silicon solar cells. However, one critical problem is their shorter operating…

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