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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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Discovery will help green technologies harness solar power

A breakthrough discovery about titanium dioxide will significantly increase the efficiency of future solar devices, according to new research from scientists in University of Bath Department of Chemistry.

Publishing findings in the journal Nature Materials, researchers have uncovered how the popular photocatalyst used in so…

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Stanford scientists break record for thinnest light-absorber

Stanford scientists have built the thinnest, most efficient absorber of visible light on record, a nanosize structure that could lead to less-costly, more efficient, solar cells.

The nanosize structure, thousands of times thinner than an ordinary sheet of paper, could lower the cost and improve the…

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Champion nano-rust for producing solar hydrogen

Water and some nano-structured iron oxide is all it takes to produce bubbles of solar hydrogen. EPFL and Technion scient…

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Swiss Investor is acquiring Nanosolar GmbH

New strategy focuses on production of cSi utility panels for Swiss Investor projects and innovative niche products for residential BIPV

Under the new strategy, Nanosolar GmbH is being re-structured and will focus its operations on two new products; a cSi b…

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