Challa V. Kumar, Ph.D working at the University of Connecticut reported today the development of a unique, “green” antenna that could potentially double the efficiencies of certain kinds of solar cells and make them more affordable. The report was presented at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society held in Boston. […]






Ohio State University researchers announced the world’s first solar air battery last fall and now are reporting reaching a new milestone. They’re reporting their patent-pending design that combines a solar cell and a battery into a single device now achieves a 20 percent energy savings over traditional lithium-iodine batteries. The details of the research have […]






A team of chemists at the University of California, Riverside have succeeded in “upconverting” photons in the visible and near-infrared regions of the solar spectrum. The innovation is an ingenious way to make solar energy conversion more efficient. The researchers report in Nano Letters about combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules. When installing solar […]






Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) researchers have developed a very promising prototype of a new hydrogen producing solar cell. Using specially prepped gallium phosphide enables their solar cell to produce hydrogen gas for fuel from liquid water. The Eindhoven group’s new design processes the gallium phosphide (GaP) in the form of very small nanowires. The […]






A team of University of California, Los Angeles, scientists have a new material design that could make low-cost solar panels far more efficient by greatly enhancing their ability to collect the sun’s energy and release it as electricity. The team found that by assembling the components of the panels to more closely resemble the natural […]






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