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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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New and under the sun

A group of Cambridge students are hoping that their game-changing design of solar car will make them the first British winners of the World Solar Challenge.

A group of Cambridge students are hoping that their game-changing design of solar car will make them the first British w…

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AEG Power Solutions launches compact 880 kVA central solar inverter for utility-scale applications in harsh outdoor environments

The new 880 kVA solar inverter solution supports up to 1300 kWp. Its integrated power stack PV core enables an input DC …

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York scientist shines a light on solar fuels at Royal Society exhibition

A researcher at the University of York is to showcase her work on solar fuels at a public exhibition hosted by The Royal…

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Imaging defects in solar cells

Researchers at LMU have developed a new method for visualizing material defects in thin-film solar cells.

An LMU research team led by Bert Nickel has, for the first time, succeeded in functionally characterizing the active lay…

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Senersun launches a line of Made-in-Germany PV modules

The modules will be manufactured in Germany. Like every other solar panel from the manufacturer, Senersun EU-made panels…

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Solar power heads in a new direction: thinner

Atom-thick photovoltaic sheets could pack hundreds of times more power per weight than conventional solar cells.

Most efforts at improving solar cells have focused on increasing the efficiency of their energy conversion, or on loweri…

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