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Lightyear unveils the world’s first long-range solar car

Prototype Lightyear One debuts in sunrise presentation

The roof and hood are comprised of five square meters of integrated solar cells in safety glass so strong that a fully-g…

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Scientists unlock the potential of ultra-thin 2D materials

The research team, led by Dr Hieu Nguyen, used an innovative approach to show the maximum voltage achievable through lig…

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Solar cells (like people!) work better with caffeine

In UCLA-led study, perovskite-based devices benefit from the strong bond between lead and the same chemical found in coffee and tea

To test whether caffeine would improve the device’s thermal stability, the team made a custom perovskite film by mixing …

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UNIST Unveils Low-cost and High-efficiency Perovskite/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells

Their findings have been published in the March 2019 issue of Nano Energy. The study finds key to produce perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells that display high efficiency (21.19%).

In the present study, the research team proposed a new method for optimizing the design of low-cost and high-efficiency …

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Light From an Exotic Crystal Semiconductor Could Lead to Better Solar Cells

Rutgers-led team finds a new way to control light emitted by a hybrid crystal

Their discovery involves crystals called hybrid perovskites, which consist of interlocking organic and inorganic materia…

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Unleashing perovskites’ potential for solar cells

New results show how varying the recipe could bring these materials closer to commercialization.

Conventional solar cells made of silicon must be processed at temperatures above 1,400 degrees Celsius, using expensive …

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New Class of Solar Cells, Using Lead-free Perovskite Materials

Their findings have been published in the November 2018 issue of Advanced Energy Materials.

A recent study, led by Professor Tae-Hyuk Kwon in the School of Natural Science at UNIST has taken a major step toward t…

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Caltech Startup Aims to Make Solar Panels More Efficient

Technology from the Atwater Lab makes metal contacts for solar cells effectively transparent

The technology, which is being marketed by a new startup company—ETC Solar, LLC—could potentially improve the output of …

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Imec’s screen printed large-area nPERT solar cells surpass 23 percent efficiency

While p-type PERC solar cells are becoming mainstream in the PV industry, n-type PERT technology is being developed as a…

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Polymer Coating Cools Down Buildings

Columbia Engineers make white paint whiter—and cooler—by removing white pigment and invent a polymer coating, with nano-to-microscale air voids, that acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed, and applied like paint.

The researchers found their polymer coating’s high solar reflectance and high thermal emittance kept it significantly co…

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Materials “Sandwich” Breaks Barrier For Solar Cell Efficiency

NYU Tandon Professor André D. Taylor’s Research Team Combines Materials and Borrows Lessons from Nature to Build a Better Organic Solar Cell

The organic solar cells developed by his team are flexible and could one day be used in applications supporting electric…

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Printable solar cells a step closer with new design principles

There is great potential for organic solar cells to be integrated into buildings and vehicles, or even be incorporated i…

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How to build efficient organic solar cells

When photons from the sun are absorbed by the semiconducting polymer in a solar cell, electrons in the donor material ar…

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Perovskite-silicon solar cell research collaboration hits 25.2% efficiency

For this new result they have optimized their high-efficiency silicon heterojunction bottom cell and developed an optica…

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Researchers seek stability breakthrough for perovskite solar cells to power smart IoT tags

With stability still being an issue, researchers involved in the new SolarWAVE project are pursuing a breakthrough to de…

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Imec Develops Industry-Compatible Screen-Printing Process for Highly Efficient n-PERT Solar Cells

Imec, within the collaboration of EnergyVille, and Jolywood realize bifacial n-PERT cells with average 21.9 percent front-side efficiency

Imec also fabricated screen-printed monofacial nPERT cells with efficiencies up to 22.8 percent, which is a state-of-the…

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Panasonic and Pika Energy Upgrade Industry's Most Powerful and Efficient Smart Battery for Solar Storage

Harbor Plus™ Smart Battery packs power and energy capacity for whole-home back-up and smart energy management

The solar-ready Harbor Plus Smart Battery is powered by six Panasonic Lithium-Ion battery modules connected in series fo…

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Polymer crystals hold key to record-breaking energy transport

Using these materials to convert sunlight into electricity, to make solar cells, is far more complex. The photo-excited …

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Potassium gives perovskite-based solar cells an efficiency boost

The solar cells in the study are based on metal halide perovskites – a promising group of ionic semiconductor materials …

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NEW TECHNOLOGY CLEANS SOLAR PANELS TO ENHANCE EFFICIENCY

A technology in development that uses electric fields to sweep dust from solar panels has promise as a new self-cleaning…

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