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 […]

In the face of a string of intensely demoralizing federally backed alternative energy projects with Solyndra taking over a half billion dollars alone – solar panels seem to lead the way into a dead end.  Except that China’s solar industry is very much alive and competitive. The technology advances usually start in the U.S.  But […]

Chemistry Professor Xiaoyang Zhu at The University of Texas at Austin has a method of photon harvesting significantly increasing the efficiency of conventional solar cells.  The professor’s work improves the mechanisms of solar energy conversion. Zhu and his team have discovered that it’s possible to double the number of electrons harvested from one photon of […]

With photovoltaic panels the solar energy is harvested, but getting the resulting electricity to a useful form is still to go.  Solar panels make direct current; while the homes, businesses and the grid use alternating current.  Or simply put the electrons all stream steadily one way with direct current called ‘DC’ and the electrons stream […]

Stanford’s Nick Melosh, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, seems to have cracked the problem of getting the heat of sunlight with the photons working to produce electricity in a solar cell.  That would not be just a photovoltaic; it would be infraredvoltaic plus photovoltaic.  The efficiency gets past 55% and near 60% in […]