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 […]

Australian engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have edged closer to the theoretical limits of sunlight to electricity conversion by photovoltaic solar cells with a device that sets a new world efficiency record. The new solar cell configuration developed by the engineers has pushed sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency up to 34.5% […]

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. […]

Ji-Seon Kim, a senior lecturer in experimental solid-state physics at Imperial College London, who has along with her colleagues, come up with a plastic solar panel technology that might help bring the prices down. Why haven’t solar technologies been more widely adopted?  Quite simply, “they’re too expensive,” said Kim. Kim and her colleagues describe their […]

Qiaoqiang Gan, University at Buffalo assistant professor of electrical engineering and his team are developing a new generation of photovoltaic cells that produce more power and cost less to manufacture than what’s available today. Gan is working on the use of plasmonic-enhanced organic photovoltaic materials. These devices don’t match traditional solar cells in terms of […]

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