Glitter-sized solar photovoltaics produce competitive results
Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used.
Innovation puts next-generation solar cells on the horizon
In a world first, a Monash University-led international research team has developed an innovative way to boost the output of the next generation of solar cells.
Success in 'space elevator' competition (Update 3)
(AP) -- A robot powered by a ground-based laser beam climbed a long cable dangling from a helicopter on Wednesday to qualify for prize money in a $2 million competition to test the potential reality of the ...
3-D system based on optical fiber could provide new options for photovoltaics
Converting sunlight to electricity might no longer mean large panels of photovoltaic cells atop flat surfaces like roofs.
INL, ISU team on nanoparticle production breakthrough
Every hour, the sun floods Earth with more energy than the entire world consumes in a year. Yet solar power accounts for less than 0.002 percent of all electricity generated in the United States, primarily ...
Carbon nanotubes may cheaply harvest sunlight
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new alternative energy technology relies on the element most associated with climate change: carbon.
More efficient solar power with space technology
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new system from an Italian company uses weather satellite data to estimate the potential of solar cell power plants and monitor their performance. The approach helps to give a faster return ...
Scientist increase the efficiency of a type of solar cell by incorporating ionic salts
A group of scientists are working on the optimisation of a type of photovoltaic cell (Grätzel cell) that artificially mimics photosynthesis.
Panasonic Develops High Energy Lithium-ion Battery Module with High Reliability
Panasonic Corp. has developed a 1.5 kWh battery module from 18650-type (18 mm in diameter x 65 mm in length) lithium-ion battery cells, which are widely used in laptop computers, to provide energy storage ...
Physicists create first atomic-scale map of quantum dots
(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Michigan physicists have created the first atomic-scale maps of quantum dots, a major step toward the goal of producing "designer dots" that can be tailored for specific applications.
IMEC unveils promising mechanically-stacked GaAs/Ge multijunction solar cell
At the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (Hamburg, Germany), IMEC presents a mechanically-stacked GaAs/Ge multijunction solar cell. This is the first promising demonstrator of IMEC’s novel technology ...
IMEC presents large area solar cells with 18.4% conversion efficiency, featuring Cu-plated contacts
At the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (Hamburg, Germany), IMEC presents a large-area solar with a conversion efficiency of 18.4%.
Solar cell shipments in Japan hit record high in April-June
Demand for solar cells has been growing rapidly in Japan with a record generating capacity of 83,260 kilowatts shipped to the domestic market between April and June, up 82.5 percent from the same quarter last year, a private-sector ...
Bio-enabled, surface-mediated approach produces nanoparticle composites
Using thin films of silk as templates, researchers have incorporated inorganic nanoparticles that join with the silk to form strong and flexible composite structures that have unusual optical and mechanical ...