Zero-dimensional transistor harvests bubble energy wasted during water electrolysis
Nanoscale heat engine exceeds standard efficiency limit
Small-molecule solar cells get 50% increase in efficiency with optical spacer
Hybrid nanostructure with extreme light absorption looks promising for photovoltaics
Researchers unveil new solar cell made from carbon nanotubes that converts more sunlight into power
LEDs made from 'wonder material' perovskite
(Phys.org) —Colourful LEDs made from a material known as perovskite could lead to LED displays which are both cheaper and easier to manufacture in future.
Plants do sums to get through the night, researchers show
(Phys.org) —New research shows that to prevent starvation at night, plants perform accurate arithmetic division. The calculation allows them to use up their starch reserves at a constant rate so that they ...
New connection between stacked solar cells can handle energy of 70,000 suns
(Phys.org) —North Carolina State University researchers have come up with a new technique for improving the connections between stacked solar cells, which should improve the overall efficiency of solar ...
Eco-friendly 'pre-fab nanoparticles' could revolutionize nano manufacturing
A team of materials chemists, polymer scientists, device physicists and others at the University of Massachusetts Amherst today report a breakthrough technique for controlling molecular assembly of nanoparticles ...
Big beats bolster solar cell efficiency
(Phys.org) —Playing pop and rock music improves the performance of solar cells, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London.
Creating simpler, cheaper solar cells
Over the last four years, solar cells made from materials called perovskites have reached efficiencies that other technologies took decades to achieve, but until recently no-one quite knew why.
Organic solar cells more efficient with molecules face-to-face
(Phys.org) —New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor ...
AMD reveals plans for 25x efficiency gains by 2020
Engineers develop a stretchable, foldable transparent electronic display (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —Imagine an electronic display nearly as clear as a window, or a curtain that illuminates a room, or a smartphone screen that doubles in size, stretching like rubber. Now imagine all of these ...