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 […]

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have found that temperature controlled aggregation (donor “clumping”) in a family of new semi-conducting polymers is the key to creating highly efficient organic solar cells that can be mass produced more cheaply. Their findings also open the door to experimentation with […]

Northwestern University scientists have now developed a carbon nanotube solar cell (CNT) that is twice as efficient as its predecessors. Early research stalled when CNTs proved to be inefficient, converting far less sunlight into power than other methods. Yet the CNTs have long shown promise for photovoltaics because they’re lighter, more flexible, and cheaper than […]

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