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New discoveries about photosynthesis may lead to solar cells of the future

For the first time, researchers from Lund University have successfully measured in detail the flow of solar energy, in a…

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“Flower Power”: Photovoltaic Cells Replicate Rose Petals

KIT scientists increase the efficiency of solar cells by replicating the structure of petals – publication in Advanced Optical Materials

With a surface resembling that of plants, solar cells improve light-harvesting and thus generate more power. Scientists …

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Solar Cells for Greener and Safer Energies

ICFO researchers report on low-temperature, solution-processed, environmentally friendly inorganic solar cells made with Earth-abundant materials.

ICFO researchers report on low-temperature, solution-processed, environmentally friendly inorganic solar cells made with…

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Imec Demonstrates Highly Efficient Bifacial Solar Cells with near 100% Bifaciality

Novel Bifacial Cell Technology to Enhance Energy Yield of PV modules

Bifacial solar cells not only capture the light falling on the front side of the solar panel, but also the light that r…

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Perovskite Solar Cells Surpass 20% Efficiency

EPFL researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals.

Michael Graetzel and his team found that, by briefly reducing the pressure while fabricating perovskite crystals, they w…

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Hot new solar cell

System converts solar heat into usable light, increasing device’s overall efficiency.

A team of MIT researchers has for the first time demonstrated a device based on a method that enables solar cells to bre…

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Solar cells of the future could be based on iron molecules

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have successfully explained how iron-based dyes work on a molecular level in so…

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How efficient can solar cells be? UNSW nudges closer to physical limits

Australian engineers edge closer to the theoretical limits of sunlight-to-electricity conversion of photovoltaic cells with a device that delivers a new world efficiency record

A new solar cell configuration developed by engineers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney has pushed sunlight…

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Under Pressure:

New technique could make large, flexible solar panels more feasible

A new, high-pressure technique may allow the production of huge sheets of thin-film silicon semiconductors at low temper…

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Photonic Crystals Keep Solar Cells Cool While Still Catching Light

A top layer of silica etched with tapering holes could improve absolute solar cell efficiency by around 1 percent, Stanford researchers predict

The researchers achieved the combination of cooling plus maintaining sunlight absorption with a wafer made of silica, a …

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More space to soak up the sun

Hundred-metre long platforms which remain steady and stable in rough sea weather: TU Wien’s lightweight construction creates new space for solar energy out on the water.

This new construction allows areas the size of football fields to be made available on the water with ease. The research…

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Nanomaterial to drive new generation of solar cells

Physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial, opening new possibilities for highly efficient ther…

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Imec and Crystal Solar Demonstrate 22.5 Percent nPERT Si Solar Cells on Kerfless Epitaxial Wafers

Crystal Solar’s kerfless wafers are a disruptive solution for the solar cell industry, substantially reducing the cost of Si solar cells

Crystal Solar’s breakthrough manufacturing technology called Direct Gas to WaferTM enables direct conversion of feedstoc…

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Surrey unveils graphene ‘moth eyes’ to power future smart technologies

New ultra-thin, patterned graphene sheets will be essential in designing future technologies such as ‘smart wallpaper’ and internet-of-things applications

This nanometre-thin material will enable future applications such as ‘smart wallpaper’ that could generate electricity f…

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CHEOPS: Making photovoltaic cells more efficient and cheaper

In addition to upscaling the technology, researchers will also produce tandem cells. A tandem cell is a combination of a…

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Stanford scientists improve perovskite solar-cell absorbers by giving them a squeeze

Adding pressure could improve the performance of solar cells made of perovskites, a promising photovoltaic material.

Solar cells made of artificial crystalline structures called perovskites have shown great promise in recent years. Now S…

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Researchers unveil quantum dot surface engineering for high efficiency and photostable PbS QD solar cells.

Researchers at ICFO unveil the mechanisms at play on the surface atoms of quantum dots upon ligand passivation and repor…

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Wooden windows? New material could replace glass in solar cells and buildings

Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new transparent wood material that's suita…

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Solar cell material can recycle light to boost efficiency

Scientists have discovered that a highly promising group of materials known as hybrid lead halide perovskites can recycl…

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New ORNL method could unleash solar power potential

The experiment consists of optically pumping the thin film sample with a 50 femtosecond – or 50 millionths of a billiont…

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