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. […]






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 […]






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 […]






The research group led by Dr. Liyuan Han, the leader of the Photovoltaic Materials Unit at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) achieved 15% energy conversion efficiency in perovskite solar cells with area of over 1 square cm (0.1550 square inch) for the first time and certified it at an international public test center. […]






UCLA chemists are developing photovoltaic cells that store the electrical energy. The work is a major improvement for capturing and retaining energy from sunlight, where the stored energy can last dramatically longer than current solar technology allows. The storage can last up to several weeks, instead of the microseconds found in today’s rooftop solar panels. […]






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