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May the force be with you: Detecting ultrafast light by its force
5 Aug 2020 at 9:40am
A research team has developed a new technique to detect nano-sized imperfections in materials. They believe this discovery will lead to improvements in the optical detectors used in a wide range of technologies, from cell phones to cameras and fiber optics, as well as in solar cells.
Incorporating solar harvesting into the side of buildings could enhance energ...
5 Aug 2020 at 8:01am
If builders could incorporate solar harvesting into the siding of a building, the amount of energy from the grid that a structure would need may significantly decrease. Researchers have demonstrated the potential of wedge-shaped luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These efficient modular solar units could easily be hung on the side of a building.
For solar boom, scrap silicon for this promising mineral
3 Aug 2020 at 11:00am
Engineers have found that photovoltaic wafers in solar panels with all-perovskite structures outperform photovoltaic cells made from state-of-the-art crystalline silicon, as well as perovskite-silicon tandem cells, which are stacked pancake-style cells that absorb light better.
Faster LEDs for wireless communications from invisible light
30 Jul 2020 at 8:01am
Researchers have solved a major problem for optical wireless communications - the process by which light carries information between cell phones and other devices. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) pulse their light in a coded message that recipient devices can understand.
'Fool's gold' may be valuable after all
30 Jul 2020 at 6:26am
In a breakthrough new study, scientists and engineers have electrically transformed the abundant and low-cost non-magnetic material iron sulfide, also known as 'fool's gold' or pyrite, into a magnetic material.
Breakthrough method for predicting solar storms
29 Jul 2020 at 9:44am
Extensive power outages and satellite blackouts that affect air travel and the internet are some of the potential consequences of massive solar storms. These storms are believed to be caused by the release of enormous amounts of stored magnetic energy due to changes in the magnetic field of the sun's outer atmosphere - something that until now has eluded scientists' direct measurement. Researchers believe this recent discovery could lead to better 'space weather' forecasts in the future.
New technology makes homes more energy independent, helps divert power during...
23 Jul 2020 at 12:23pm
Researchers have designed a smart technology that can help utility companies better serve communities affected by power outages. The researchers said their single device works by improving energy delivery between home solar-power systems and the electrical grid.
COVID-19 shutdown led to increased solar power output
22 Jul 2020 at 6:34am
As the air cleared after lockdowns, solar installations in Delhi produced 8 percent more power, a new study shows.
Scientists boost stability and efficiency of next-gen solar tech
20 Jul 2020 at 8:23am
Researchers have created next-generation solar modules with high efficiency and good stability. Made using a type of material called perovskites, these solar modules can maintain a high performance for over 2000 hours. Their findings have brightened prospects of commercialization.
Strategies for recycling of solar panels
16 Jul 2020 at 11:47am
Researchers have conducted the first global assessment into the most promising approaches to end-of-life management for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.
Scientists build high-performing hybrid solar energy converter
15 Jul 2020 at 10:12am
Scientists have developed a hybrid solar energy converter that generates electricity and steam with high efficiency and low cost.
Renewable energy transition makes dollars and sense
15 Jul 2020 at 6:54am
Ne research has disproved the claim that the transition to renewable electricity systems will harm the global economy.
Customizable smart window technology could improve energy efficiency of build...
14 Jul 2020 at 9:17am
Scientists combined solar cell technology with a novel optimization approach to develop a smart window prototype that maximizes design across a wide range of criteria.
Perovskite solar cells record highest power conversion
14 Jul 2020 at 7:12am
A team of researchers has created a perovskite solar mini module that has recorded the highest power conversion efficiency of any perovskite-based device larger than 10 cm2.
Understanding the love-hate relationship of halide perovskites with the sun
10 Jul 2020 at 8:21am
Perovskiet solar cells are at the center of much recent solar research. The material is cheap and almost as efficient as silicon. However, perovskite cells have a love-hate-relationship with the sun. The light they need to generate electricity, also impairs the quality of the cells, limiting efficiency and stability over time. Research now sheds new light on the causes of this degradation.