Australian scientists report breakthrough in solar cell efficiency
(Phys.org) -- Low cost solar cells suitable for rooftop panels could reach a record-breaking 40 percent efficiency following an early stage breakthrough by a University of Sydney researcher and his German ...
Slime mold mimics Canadian highway network (w/ video)
Queen's University professor Selim Akl has provided additional proof to the theory that nature computes.
New design for a metamaterial could be far more efficient at capturing sunlight than existing solar cells
Metamaterials are a new class of artificial substances with properties unlike anything found in the natural world. Some have been designed to act as invisibility cloaks; others as superlenses, antenna systems ...
New approach aims to slash cost of solar cells
Solar-powered electricity prices could soon approach those of power from coal or natural gas thanks to collaborative research with solar start-up Ampulse Corporation at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) ...
Paper highlights need for correctly measuring solar cell efficiency
New kind of solar cell could capture significantly more energy than current cells
New solar cells could increase the maximum efficiency of solar panels by over 25%, according to scientists from the University of Cambridge.
Solar start-ups set new efficiency records
Harnessing plasmonics, engineers weld nanowires with light
At the nano level, researchers at Stanford have discovered a new way to weld together meshes of tiny wires. Their work could lead to exciting new electronics and solar applications. To succeed, they called ...
Blunt nanostructures could make high-efficiency solar cells easier to fabricate
Researchers boost solar concentrator efficiency
A team of researchers at the University of California, Merced, has redesigned luminescent solar concentrators to be more efficient at sending sunlight to solar cells.
Scientists report first solar cell producing more electrons in photocurrent than solar photons entering cell
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have reported the first solar cell that produces a photocurrent that has an external quantum efficiency greater than 100 percent when photoexcited ...
Discovery of a 'dark state' could increase maximum theoretical efficiency of solar cells from 31 to 44 percent
The efficiency of conventional solar cells could be significantly increased, according to new research on the mechanisms of solar energy conversion led by chemist Xiaoyang Zhu at The University of Texas at Austin.
Imec, Polyera, Solvay set 8.3% efficiency record for organic solar cell with inverted device
Imec, Polyera and international chemical group Solvay have achieved a new world-record efficiency of 8.3% for polymer-based single junction organic solar cells in an inverted device stack. These excellent performance results ...
New dye will lead to more efficient solar energy technology
(PhysOrg.com) -- A North Carolina State University invention has significant potential to improve the efficiency of solar cells and other technologies that derive energy from light.