Consumers and utility companies have worried for years that solar panels drive up electricity costs for the people who don’t have panels. But Michigan Technological University renewable energy researchers show the opposite is actually true – grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) owners are actually subsidizing their non-PV neighbors. Beyond the environmental benefits and lower electric bills, […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) scientists have set the current world record of 29.15% efficiency for a tandem solar cell made of perovskite and silicon. The tandem cell provided stable performance for 300 hours – even without encapsulation. To accomplish this, the group investigated physical processes at the interfaces to improve the […]

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory scientists have discovered how to stabilize perovskite solar cells with pressure from a diamond anvil cell. The required pressure is well within the reach of industrial manufacturing requirements. The promising lead halide perovskite solar cell is great at converting sunlight to electricity and this development could solve the cells breaking down […]

Incheon National University researchers have demonstrated the first transparent solar cell. Their innovative technique rests on a specific part of the solar cell: the heterojunction, made up of thin films of materials responsible for absorbing light. By combining the unique properties of titanium dioxide and nickel oxide semiconductors, the researchers were able to generate an […]

Hiroshima University researchers have blended together various polymer and molecular semiconductors as photo-absorbers to create a solar cell with increased power efficiencies and electricity generation. These types of solar cells, known as organic photovoltaics (OPV), are devices that generate electricity when light is incident upon their photo-absorbers. The efficiency of a solar cell is determined […]

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