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Stanford study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research

A new study by Stanford scientists overturns a widely held explanation for how organic photovoltaics turn sunlight into electricity.

Organic solar cells have long been touted as lightweight, low-cost alternatives to rigid solar panels made of silicon. D…

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Understanding what makes a thin film solar cell efficient

"Recipe" for high-efficiency solar cells published in "Nature Materials"

Empa scientists have developed a new technique for manufacturing high-efficiency, flexible, thin film solar cells from C…

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ASU-led national project aims at solar cell advances

A national project promising a significant advance in the technology for converting sunlight into electricity will be le…

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NTU scientists make breakthrough solar technology

In the near future, solar panels will not only be more efficient but also a lot cheaper and affordable for everyone, tha…

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Scientists’ new approach improves efficiency of solar cells

The new approach achieves highly efficient broad-band light trapping in thin films, with more light captured in the film…

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Scientists develop heat-resistant materials that could vastly improve solar cell efficiency

Using heat-resistant ceramics, researchers have made a significant advance in thermophotovoltaics, creating electricity from heat.

Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter, an element used in specialized solar cells, that could signifi…

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Researchers from FOM Institute AMOLF together with colleagues from Paris and Marseille have developed a new method to understand how electrons move and become trapped in quantum dot solar cells.

Quantum dot crystals absorb light very efficiently and are therefore highly promising materials for the production of thinner and cheaper solar cells. The research team published these results on 30 September 2013 in ACS Nano.

Quantum dot crystals absorb light very efficiently and are therefore highly promising materials for the production of th…

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Coupled Solar and Energy Storage Market to Grow to $2.8 Billion in 2018

Dominated by grid installations, this market segment will be a boon to energy storage producers but have only a modest impact on the solar market, Lux Research says

Dominated by grid installations, this market segment will be a boon to energy storage producers but have only a modest i…

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New nanomaterial increases yield of solar cells

Researchers from the FOM Foundation, Delft University of Technology, Toyota Motor Europe and the University of Californi…

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TU Delft improves production of hydrogen from sunlight

TU Delft and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin have taken a step forward in the production of hydrogen from solar energy. The…

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Plastic Solar Cells' New Design Promises Bright Future

Unprecedented fill factors of 80 percent come close to that of silicon solar cells

A research team of faculty members and students led by Professor Tobin J. Marks of Northwestern University reports the d…

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Lawrence Livermore engineering team makes breakthrough in solar energy research

The use of plasmonic black metals could someday provide a pathway to more efficient photovoltaics (PV) -- the use of sol…

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Regulating electron ‘spin’ may be key to making organic solar cells competitive

Organic solar cells that convert light to electricity using carbon-based molecules have shown promise as a versatile ene…

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CU-Boulder team develops new water splitting technique that could produce hydrogen fuel

A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficie…

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Electron ‘spin’ key to solar cell breakthrough

Latest research paves way for inexpensive, high performance cells

Researchers have discovered that manipulating the 'spin' of electrons in organic solar cells dramatically improves their…

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Disorder can improve the performance of plastic solar cells, Stanford scientists say

Instead of mimicking rigid solar cells made of silicon crystals, scientists should embrace the inherently disordered nature of plastic polymers, a Stanford study has found

Scientists have spent decades trying to build flexible plastic solar cells efficient enough to compete with conventional…

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Stanford engineers receive award to improve supercomputing and solar efficiency

Associate Professor Gianluca Iaccarino will lead a government-funded project that will use the next generation of supercomputers to model techniques that could dramatically increase the efficiency of solar power. The project will receive $3.2 million per year for five years.

Traditional solar-thermal systems use mirrors to concentrate solar radiation on a solid surface and transfer energy to a…

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Cleaning Solar Panels Often Not Worth the Cost, Engineers at UC San Diego Find

Researchers found panels that hadn’t been cleaned, or rained on, for 145 days during a summer drought in California, los…

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UCLA researchers double efficiency of novel solar cell

Device could coat windows, smartphone screens with energy-harvesting material

Nearly doubling the efficiency of a breakthrough photovoltaic cell they created last year, UCLA researchers have develop…

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Research Brief: Technology could bring high-end solar to the masses

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an inexpensive new way to grow thin films of a mater…

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