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Even short-lived solar panels can be economically viable
19 Sep 2019 at 8:48am
A new study shows that, contrary to widespread belief within the solar power industry, new kinds of solar cells and panels don't necessarily have to last for 25 to 30 years in order to be economically viable in today's market.
Lighting the path to renewable energy
19 Sep 2019 at 6:39am
Scientists have developed a novel, standardized way of quantifying and comparing these variations in solar power. The new study may help guide the development and performance of solar photovoltaic farms -- systems that harness the sun's energy and convert it to electricity.
Breakthrough for transparent conductors: Touch screen coatings
17 Sep 2019 at 7:06am
Researchers have made an important design discovery that could dramatically improve the performance of a key material used to coat touch screens and other devices.
Welcome indoors, solar cells
16 Sep 2019 at 7:19am
Scientists have developed organic solar cells optimized to convert ambient indoor light to electricity. The power they produce is low, but is probably enough to feed the millions of products that the internet of things will bring online.
Device generates light from the cold night sky
12 Sep 2019 at 8:10am
An inexpensive thermoelectric device harnesses the cold of space without active heat input, generating electricity that powers an LED at night, researchers report.
How much photovoltaics (PV) would be needed to power the world sustainably?
11 Sep 2019 at 7:15am
The International Energy Agency has dubbed increased global cooling demand as one of the most critical blind spots in today's energy debate.
Flexible solar cells a step closer to reality
11 Sep 2019 at 4:41am
Solar cells that use mixtures of organic molecules to absorb sunlight and convert it to electricity, that can be applied to curved surfaces such as the body of a car, could be a step closer thanks to a discovery that challenges conventional thinking about one of the key components of these devices.
Colorful microreactors utilize sunlight
10 Sep 2019 at 7:53am
The sun is the most sustainable energy source available on our planet and could be used to power photochemical reactions. Scientists now present a widely applicable, cost-effective photomicroreactor. It is based on ''Luminescent Solar Concentrators'', which harvest, convert, and make photons available for chemical reactions. Thus, the researchers were able to synthesize various substances, including two pharmaceuticals.
Agrivoltaics proves mutually beneficial across food, water, energy nexus
3 Sep 2019 at 6:14am
Building resilience in renewable energy and food production is a fundamental challenge in today's changing world, especially in regions susceptible to heat and drought. Agrivoltaics, the co-locating of agriculture and solar photovoltaic panels, offers a possible solution, with new research reporting positive impacts on food production, water savings and the efficiency of electricity production.
Laser printing tech produces waterproof e-textiles in minutes
27 Aug 2019 at 7:16am
In just three minutes, the laser printing approach can produce a 10x10 cm smart textile patch that's waterproof, stretchable and easily integrated with solar or other sources of power.
Harnessing the power of solar panels
27 Aug 2019 at 5:47am
Researchers have developed a way to better harness the volume of energy collected by solar panels. In a new study, the researchers developed an algorithm that increases the efficiency of the solar photovoltaic (PV) system and reduces the volume of power currently being wasted due to a lack of effective controls.
A new method for quantifying crystal semiconductor efficiency
23 Aug 2019 at 6:48am
Scientists have found a new way to successfully detect the efficiency of crystal semiconductors.
Materials that can revolutionize how light is harnessed for solar energy
19 Aug 2019 at 8:27am
Scientists have designed organic molecules capable of generating two excitons per photon of light, a process called singlet fission. The excitons can live for much longer than those generated from their inorganic counterparts, which leads to an amplification of electricity generated per photon that is absorbed by a solar cell.
Organic dye in zinc oxide interlayer stabilizes and boosts the performance of...
16 Aug 2019 at 7:10am
Organic solar cells are made of cheap and abundant materials, but their efficiency and stability still lag behind those of silicon-based solar cells. A team of scientists has found a way to enhance the electric conductivity of organic solar cells, which increases their performances. Doping the metal oxide interlayer, which connected the electrode and active layer, with a modified organic dye boosted both the efficiency and stability, the study revealed.
Greener, faster and cheaper way to make patterned metals for solar cells and ...
14 Aug 2019 at 7:16am
An innovative way to pattern metals could make the next generation of solar panels more sustainable and cheaper.