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
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
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
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
AP (Apr. 29, 2014) A cheap and low-tech renewable energy source is finally making daily life in North Korea bearable. Treated glass tubes harness solar energy to warm homes and heat water for kitchens and bathrooms. ... watch video
Oct. 20, 2016 Flooring can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike. Now, flooring could be even more ... read more
Oct. 21, 2016 Offshore wind turbines are becoming ever larger, and the transportation, installation, disassembly and disposal of their gigantic rotor blades are presenting operators with ... read more
July 17, 2015 Researchers have developed material which offers much cheaper alternative to the one which is currently being used in hybrid solar cells. The efficiency of the semi-conductors created by the team of ... read more
Jan. 18, 2013 In a remarkable feat, scientists have developed thin film solar cells on flexible polymer foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4% for converting sunlight into electricity. The cells are based on ... read more
Oct. 11, 2012 A new breakthrough in solar technology means portable electronic devices such as e-book readers could soon be re-charged on the move in low light levels and partial shading. Scientists have created ... read more