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Blu-Ray Disc Can be Used to Improve Solar Cell Performance

Data storage pattern transferred to solar cell increases light absorption

Blu-ray discs contain a higher density of data than DVDs or CDs, and it is this quasi-random pattern, perfected by engin…

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Pollutants in photovoltaic modules – how do they get into the environment?

Solar energy from photovoltaic installations is, actually, considered ecologically beneficial. But most of the photovolt…

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New Materials Yield Record Efficiency Polymer Solar Cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have found that temp…

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Efficiency breakthrough for state-of-the-art solar devices

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Micro-Photonics have successfully synthesised one-dimensi…

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Stanford chemical engineers borrow technique from petrochemical industry to store solar energy

Many high school students have zapped water with electricity to make hydrogen and oxygen. To turn that chemical process into a type of battery, researchers adapt ideas from oil refineries.

Right now there is no cost-effective, large-scale way to store solar energy. The Stanford researchers believe that elect…

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Graphene/nanotube hybrid benefits flexible solar cells

Rice University labs create novel electrode for dye-sensitized cells

Rice University scientists have invented a novel cathode that may make cheap, flexible dye-sensitized solar cells practi…

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X-ray imaging paves way for novel solar cell production

3D microscope at DESY investigates flexible polymer tandem solar cells

The scientists used a production process, where the different layers of a polymer solar cell are coated from various sol…

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New materials for more powerful solar cells

The researchers have developed a new class of materials comprising elements such as bismuth, iron, chromium, and oxygen.…

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Solar cells of the future comprise multilayer plastic

Researchers at DTU Energy Conversion are now able to manufacture multilayer plastic solar cells with the potential to ca…

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White solar modules: a revolution for building integration

CSEM has developed a new technology to make white solar modules, with no visible cells and connections, a reality. It co…

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Producing hydrogen with sunlight

Collecting light with artificial moth eyes

All over the world researchers are investigating solar cells which imitate plant photosynthesis, using sunlight and wate…

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SMA Introduces Integrated, Compact DC-to-AC System Solution for Utility-Scale PV Power Plants

Utility Power System Delivers Higher Energy Yields, Lower Capital and Operating Expenditures

This compact, DC-to-AC system solution for utility-scale PV consists of advanced engineered components, including the ne…

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Electrically conductive plastics promising for batteries, solar cells

An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics called radical polymers may bring low-cost, transparent solar cell…

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Hybrid materials could smash the solar efficiency ceiling

A new method for transferring energy from organic to inorganic semiconductors could boost the efficiency of widely used …

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Core-shell nanowire antennas boost absorption for solar cells

Researchers at the FOM Institute AMOLF have taken the first steps towards making a high performance solar cell by coatin…

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Charge transport jamming in solar cells

New insights into working mechanism indicate how novel perovskite solar cells can be further optimised

Conventional silicon solar cells could have an inexpensive competitor in the near future. Researchers from the Max Planc…

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Startup is using plasmonics to advance optical technologies, improve data-storage capabilities, solar thermophotovoltaic cell performance

Current solar cells have an efficiency of about 15 percent. In theory the efficiency might be improved to as high as 85 …

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Blades of Grass Inspire Advance in Organic Solar Cells

UMass Amherst scientists use graphene in new energy conversion architecture

Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature’s most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an internat…

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Batteries Included: A Solar Cell that Stores its Own Power

World’s first “solar battery” runs on light and air

Key to the innovation is a mesh solar panel, which allows air to enter the battery, and a special process for transferri…

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Low cost highly efficient industrial solar cells

Researchers of the ipv developed laser processes for the production of back contacted solar cells without any masking. L…

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