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Self-assembled nanotextures create antireflective surface on silicon solar cells
Reducing the amount of sunlight that bounces off the surface of solar cells helps maximize the conversion of the sun's rays to electricity, so manufacturers use coatings to cut down on reflections. Now scientists ...
Solar cell polymers with multiplied electrical output
One challenge in improving the efficiency of solar cells is that some of the absorbed light energy is lost as heat. So scientists have been looking to design materials that can convert more of that energy ...
Perovskite solar cell reaches record efficiency
Blu-ray disc can be used to improve solar cell performance
Who knew Blu-ray discs were so useful? Already one of the best ways to store high-definition movies and television shows because of their high-density data storage, Blu-ray discs also improve the performance ...
Graphene / nanotube hybrid benefits flexible solar cells
(Phys.org) —Rice University scientists have invented a novel cathode that may make cheap, flexible dye-sensitized solar cells practical.
SolaRoad: World's first solar cycle path to open in the Netherlands
Imtech, in conjunction with the Province of Noord-Holland, Ooms Civiel, has developed the world's first solar road located in Krommwnie, Holland. The solar cycle path will be connected to the national grid ...
Rounded crystals that mimic starfish shells could advance 3-D printing pills
In a design that mimics a hard-to-duplicate texture of starfish shells, University of Michigan engineers have made rounded crystals that have no facets.
Electrically conductive plastics promising for batteries, solar cells
(Phys.org) —An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics called "radical polymers" may bring low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries and ultrathin antistatic coatings ...