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Potassium gives perovskite-based solar cells an efficiency boost
21 Mar 2018 at 11:10am
A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity.
Monocrystalline silicon thin film for cost-cutting solar cells with 10-times ...
16 Mar 2018 at 7:06am
Researchers have successfully produced high-quality thin film monocrystalline silicon with a reduced crystal defect density down to the silicon wafer level at a growth rate that is more than 10 times higher than before. In principle, this method can improve the raw material yield to nearly 100%.
Research gets closer to producing revolutionary battery to power renewable en...
14 Mar 2018 at 9:02am
New research verges on development of a commercial hydrogen-bromine flow battery, an advanced industrial-scale battery design engineers have strived to develop since the 1960s.
Chemists use abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements to synthesize semicond...
14 Mar 2018 at 9:02am
Chemists have synthesized a new material for semiconductors. The chemists think the material will work well in solar cells, but without the toxicity, scarcity or costs of other semiconductors.
All power to the proton: Researchers make battery breakthrough
7 Mar 2018 at 12:39pm
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable 'proton battery' that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices.
With a TENG, solar cells could work come rain or shine
7 Mar 2018 at 8:27am
Despite the numerous advances in solar cells, one thing remains constant: cloudy, rainy conditions put a damper on the amount of electricity created. Now researchers have developed hybrid solar cells that can generate power from raindrops.
Running on renewables: How sure can we be about the future?
6 Mar 2018 at 8:57am
A variety of models predict the role renewables will play in 2050, but some may be over-optimistic, and should be used with caution, say researchers.
Engineer creates solution to cheaper, longer lasting battery packs
6 Mar 2018 at 5:53am
The new technology called a bilevel equalizer is the first hybrid that combines the high performance of an active equalizer with the low cost of the passive equalizer.
New dual-atom catalyst shows promise to yield clean energy by artificial phot...
5 Mar 2018 at 1:02pm
An international team of researchers has synthesized a dispersed catalyst featuring two atoms, yielding a stable and highly active platform that could facilitate solar water oxidation for the production and storage of clean energy, the team reports.
Materials 'sandwich' breaks barrier for flexible solar cell efficiency
5 Mar 2018 at 6:29am
Nanomaterials researchers have devised a method to significantly improve the efficiency of organic solar cells. They used a squaraine molecule to both donate electrons and better orient the PBDB-T polymer with the ITIC non-fullerene acceptor. Combined with another design mechanism the group previously pioneered, they achieved efficiency gains of more than 10 percent in converting solar energy into power. The flexible cells could eventually be used in wearables and more.
Aqueous storage device needs only 20 seconds to go
28 Feb 2018 at 8:24am
A research team developed a new hybrid energy storage device that can be charged in less than half a minute. It employs aqueous electrolytes instead of flammable organic solvents, so it is both environmentally friendly and safe. It also facilitates a boosting charge with high energy density, which makes it suitable for portable electronic devices.
Wind and solar power could meet four-fifths of US electricity demand, study f...
27 Feb 2018 at 8:16am
The United States could reliably meet about 80 percent of its electricity demand with solar and wind power generation, according to scientists.
A new approach towards highly efficient and air-stable perovskite solar cells
26 Feb 2018 at 7:33am
Research into the use of perovskite materials as solar cells has boomed in the last several years, following reports of high energy conversion efficiencies, which have continued to climb. New research reveals how to improve the lifetime of these solar cells.
NASA's SDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption
23 Feb 2018 at 10:19am
A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun's surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research shows.
Why polymer solar cells deserve their place in the sun
20 Feb 2018 at 9:31am
Organic polymer solar cells show potential to provide solar power to remote microwatt sensors, wearable technology and the Wi-Fi-connected appliances constituting the 'internet of things.' While PSCs cannot match the durability or efficiency of inorganic solar cells, the potential to mass-produce nontoxic, disposable solar panels using roll-to-roll production makes them attractive for additional applications.