Organic solar cells provide new hope for future energy generation, and researchers in Dresden now want to make this option commercially viable.
It’s a fascinating proposition: once the technology’s weak spots are overcome - low durability, limited efficiency - then these ultra-thin and flexible solar cells could see almost unlimited scope, being transferred onto facades, cars, mobile phones and even handbags.
Deutsche Welle (Nov. 10, 2011) Scientists say solar cells made of transparent synthetics could provide energy in the future. Scientists in Dresden are working on what they call "organic solar cells" that they want to eventually ... watch video
Reuters (Apr. 26, 2013) Researchers at Georgia Tech University have developed an organic solar cell made from plants. The biodegradable, transparent films are designed to replace the layers of glass or plastic found in ... watch video
FORA.tv (Feb. 13, 2013) Solar Impulse is a Swiss solar-powered airplane that will endeavor to fly around the world without fuel. After achieving the world's first solar night to day flight in 2010 and the first ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Feb. 4, 2014) Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are preparing to test their theory that stem cells grow faster in microgravity. With a grant from an organization that promotes research aboard the International Space ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Mar. 4, 2013) 95 percent of the population in Uganda has no electric power in their homes and relies on paraffin lamps for lighting. But not only is kerosene expensive, it's also a serious pollutant. Set up in ... watch video
AP (Feb. 22, 2013) Scientists at Cornell University created a new human-shaped ear using a 3D printer and injections of living cow cells. The researchers hope one day they'll be able to use a person's own cells to ... watch video
Reuters (Jan. 1, 2013) Researchers at the University of Tokyo are using cells to fold microscopic origami shapes. The scientists hope that in the future the use of tissue cells to fold structures will lead to next ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (June 17, 2013) Solar power has so far played a minor role in Brazil. But now, with German aid, the country's largest photovoltaic power plant is being installed in the state of Santa Catarina, with a target ... watch video
Apr. 27, 2015 Scientists have dramatically improved the performance of graphene by encapsulating it in boron nitride. They’ve now shown they can similarly improve the performance of another 2D material, ... read more
Apr. 27, 2015 To directly observe chemical processes in unusual, new materials is a scientific dream, made possible by modern microscopy methods: researchers have, for the first time, captured video images of the ... read more
Apr. 24, 2015 Scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser ... read more
Apr. 24, 2015 Cerium is a widely available and inexpensive rare-earth metal. Scientists have used it to create a high-performance magnet that's similar in performance to traditional dysprosium-containing magnets ... read more