New solar concentrator design (w/ Video)
A new solar concentrator design from an electrical engineering Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego could lead to solar concentrators that are less expensive and require fewer photovoltaic ...
New Path To Solar Energy Via Solid-State Photovoltaics
(PhysOrg.com) -- Berkeley Lab researchers have found a new mechanism by which the photovoltaic effect can take place in semiconductor thin-films. This new path to energy production brightens the future for ...
New alloys key to efficient energy and lighting
A recent advance by Arizona State University researchers in developing nanowires could lead to more efficient photovoltaic cells for generating energy from sunlight, and to better light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that could replace ...
IBM develops promising contender for cheaper solar cells
Composite nanomaterials show promise for solar hydrogen generation
(PhysOrg.com) -- A novel strategy for engineering semiconductor materials can boost the performance of water-splitting solar cells for hydrogen production, according to a new study by researchers at the University ...
European space company wants solar power plant in space
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.
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 ...
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%.