Australian engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have edged closer to the theoretical limits of sunlight to electricity conversion by photovoltaic solar cells with a device that sets a new world efficiency record. The new solar cell configuration developed by the engineers has pushed sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency up to 34.5% […]






Chemists at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) have now got one step closer to artificial photosynthesis with a new structure of a ruthenium catalyst. Developing the necessary efficient catalysts and associated dyes is a focal area of research at the Chair of Professor Frank Würthner at the University of Würzburg’s Institute of Organic Chemistry. Two of Professor […]






University of New South Wales (UNSW) engineers have achieved the world’s highest efficiency using flexible solar cells that are non-toxic and cheap to make. They expect that ‘Zero-energy’ buildings – which generate as much power as they consume – are now much closer to practical reality. So far the promise of ‘zero-energy’ buildings been held […]






Australian National University (ANU) physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial which could one day harvest heat in the dark and turn it into electricity. The research team has demonstrated a new artificial material, or metamaterial, that glows in an unusual way when heated. The metamaterial opens new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic […]






Binghamton University researchers connected nine biological-solar (bio-solar) cells into a bio-solar panel. Then they continuously produced electricity from the panel and generated the most wattage of any existing small-scale bio-solar cells – 5.59 microwatts. They say euphorically in their press release, “Researchers have taken the next step in the evolution of bacteria-powered energy.” Your humble […]






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