Researchers at the University of Houston and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have reported a substantial advance in generating electricity through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials. The research group demonstrated an efficiency of 7.4 percent but reported that based upon their calculations, the device could achieve an efficiency of 9.6 percent. Their […]

North Carolina State University use a food additive to make an efficient, semi-printed plastic solar cell. Better yet the new solar cells can be created without the use of environmentally hazardous halogen solvents and can be manufactured at room temperature, which has strong implications for large-scale commercial production. Plastic solar cells, or organic photovoltaics, are […]

Columbia scientists have demonstrated it is possible to manufacture solar cells that are far more efficient than existing silicon photovoltaic cells. Its a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy economics. The team, led by Xiaoyang Zhu, a professor of Chemistry at Columbia University, focused its efforts on a new class of solar […]

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich have developed the first complete and compact design for an artificial photosynthesis system. The team believes this is a decisive step towards applying the water splitting technology. The concept is flexible both with respect to the materials used and in particular, the size of the system. The researchers study and design […]

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have a new idea for the technology of solid-state thermophotovoltaics (TPV). The idea could provide a high-efficiency alternative for directly converting high-temperature heat from concentrated solar thermal to utility-scale electricity. Using new computer modeling the researcher’s data suggest that high temperature TPV conversion – which captures infrared radiation from very […]

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