Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have successfully created electricity-generating solar-cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans. The materials chitin and chitosan found in crustacean shells are abundant and significantly cheaper to produce than the expensive metals such as ruthenium, which is similar to platinum, that are currently used […]

A Harvard University team from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have created a system that uses bacteria to convert solar energy into the liquid fuel isopropanol (rubbing alcohol or the red bottle of gasoline line deicer). The work integrates an “artificial leaf,” which […]

Stanford University researchers have stacked perovskites onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improving the overall efficiency of the cell. Study co-author Michael McGehee, a professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford said, “We’ve been looking for ways to make solar panels that are more efficient and lower cost. Right now, silicon solar cells […]

University of Oregon (UO) researchers have a new method to follow light into nanoparticle photocells in a spectroscopy experiment on photocells that used lead-sulfide quantum dots as photoactive semiconductor material. Its research that should prove to be of enormous consequence. The efficiency of conventional solar cells could be significantly increased from the current limit of […]

A University of New South Wales (UNSW) research team is converting over 40 percent of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity. The solar cell system has been independently confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at their outdoor test facility in the United States. 40 percent is a very big number, the […]

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