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February 10, 2016

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February 10, 2016

Jan. 28, 2016 — For the first time, researchers have shown that a very efficient vertical charge transport in semiconducting polymers is possible by controlled chain and crystallite orientation. These pioneering ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — A solar-panel material that can cut down on photovoltaic costs while achieving competitive power-conversion efficiency of 20.2 percent has been created by ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — A joint research team in Japan has developed a “single-seed cast method,” a new casting method making it possible to grow high-quality mono silicon at low cost. New casting method may facilitate ... read more

Jan. 13, 2016 — Researchers demonstrate in a new study the precise mechanism by which sunlight generates electrical charge within cutting-edge solar cell film, yielding potential benefits for solar power ... read more

Jan. 8, 2016 — Plastic solar cells are light, easy to install, and readily produced using a printer. Nevertheless, the processes that take place on the molecular scale during the production of organic solar cells ... read more

Jan. 8, 2016 — Researchers conduct the first atomic resolution study of perovskites used in next generation solar ... read more

Optimum Band Gap for Hybrid Silicon/perovskite Tandem Solar Cell

Jan. 8, 2016 — Tandem solar cells based on silicon and perovskites have raised high hopes for future high efficiency solar modules. A team has now shown that an ultimate efficiency of 30 percent should be ... read more

Leaf-Mimicking Device Harnesses Light to Purify Water

Jan. 6, 2016 — For years, scientists have been pursuing ways to imitate a leaf's photosynthetic power to make hydrogen fuel from water and sunlight. In a new twist, a team has come up with another kind of ... read more

New Efficiency Record Set With Dual-Junction Solar Cell

Jan. 6, 2016 — A new world record has been set by scientists for converting non-concentrated (1-sun) sunlight into electricity using a dual-junction III-V/Si solar ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — Researchers have successfully demonstrated that desert sand from the UAE could be used in concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities to store thermal energy up to 1000°C. The research project called ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — Researchers are using the bacterium Moorella thermoacetica to perform photosynthesis and also to synthesize semiconductor nanoparticles in a hybrid artificial photosynthesis system for converting ... read more

Dec. 23, 2015 — The first U.S. production in nearly 30 years of a specialized fuel to power future deep space missions has been completed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National ... read more

Solar Cells That Can Face Almost Any Direction and Keep Themselves Clean

Dec. 16, 2015 — In recent years, a complicated discussion over which direction solar cells should face -- south or west -- has likely left customers uncertain about the best way to orient their panels. Now ... read more

'Hydricity' Concept Uses Solar Energy to Produce Power Round-the-Clock

Dec. 15, 2015 — Researchers are proposing a new 'hydricity' concept aimed at creating a sustainable economy by not only generating electricity with solar energy but also producing and storing hydrogen from ... read more

Dec. 11, 2015 — Crystal growth on a nano/microscale level produces “match-head”-like, three-dimensional structures that enhance light absorption and photovoltaic efficiency. This is the first large structure ... read more

Dec. 8, 2015 — In solar flow batteries, the proposed charging process links harvesting solar energy and storing it as chemical energy via the electrolyte. Scientists built a solar flow battery that uses an ... read more

Origin of Heavy Elements in the Universe Uncovered

Dec. 8, 2015 — A team of scientists suggests a solution to the Galactic radioactive plutonium puzzle. All the Plutonium used on Earth is artificially produced in nuclear reactors. Still, it turns out that it is ... read more

Minuscule Pillars Double the Efficiency of Solar Cells

Dec. 8, 2015 — Solar cells are generally flat. However, by adding minuscule silicon pillars to the surface, it is possible to more than double the amount of energy produced for each surface. Researchers now show ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — Using a new procedure researchers can now produce extremely thin and robust, yet highly porous semiconductor layers. A very promising material -- for small, lightweight, flexible solar cells, for ... read more

Dec. 4, 2015 — Water-splitting cells absorb sunlight and produce fuel. Creating such cells means pairing a material to absorb sunlight and generate electrons with the one that uses those electrons to produce fuel. ... read more

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