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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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The quantum mechanisms of organic devices for alternative solar panels are revealed

The research, in which the UPV/EHU Professor Angel Rubio is participating, is being published this week in the journal Science

This research has made a ground-breaking discovery because it is the first time that the quantum mechanisms that trigger…

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New class of nanoparticle brings cheaper, lighter solar cells outdoors

Researchers have designed and tested a new class of solar-sensitive nanoparticle that outshines the current state of the…

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Scientists discover how plastic solar panels work, opening the way to greater efficiencies and use

Researchers have determined how light beams excite the chemicals in solar panels, enabling them to produce charge

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One step to solar-cell efficiency

Rice University researchers’ chemical process may improve manufacturing

Rice University scientists have created a one-step process for producing highly efficient materials that let the maximum…

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Stanford scientists model a win-win situation: growing crops on photovoltaic farms

A new model for solar farms that "co-locates" crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable biofuel plants along with solar energy.

Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sun…

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Lead out, tin in for cheap solar cell

Lead is not an essential component of a new kind of low-cost, high-efficiency solar cell, new experiments show. A team l…

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Loughborough scientists come up with method of reducing solar panel glare

Researchers have developed a multi-layer anti-reflection coating for glass surfaces, which reduces the sun’s reflection …

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Improving a new breed of solar cells

Quantum-dot photovoltaics set new record for efficiency in such devices, could unlock new uses.

A team at MIT has set a new record for the most efficient quantum-dot cells — a type of solar cell that is seen as espec…

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Organic Solar Cells More Efficient With Molecules Face-to-Face

New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficientl…

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SMA Expands Power Class of Sunny Boy TL-US Series with Secure Power Supply

SMA has added two new models to its popular Sunny Boy TL-US line of transformerless inverters with Secure Power Supply. …

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