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Ultra-fast electron measurement provides important findings for the solar ind...
2 Mar 2021 at 7:48am
Using a new method, physicists are analyzing at the femtosecond scale the processes in a model system for organic solar cells in detail. The results can be used to develop high-performance and efficient solar cells.
Investigating dense plasmas with positron waves
26 Feb 2021 at 9:13am
Scientists assess the dynamics of positron acoustic waves (PAWS) in EPI plasmas whilst under the influence of magnetic fields, or magnetoplasmas.
Luminescent windows generate energy from inside and out
16 Feb 2021 at 8:50am
Engineers design and build windowpanes that redirect sunlight or illumination from indoors to edge-band solar cells.
Solar awnings over parking lots help companies and customers
10 Feb 2021 at 2:00pm
Engineers look into the untapped potential of parking lots in a study that investigates the energy-related benefits of developing charging stations powered with solar canopies built into the parking infrastructure of large-scale retailers.
The future of solar technology: New technology makes foldable cells a practic...
10 Feb 2021 at 11:22am
International research team creates solar cells with unprecedented flexibility and resistance.
Shining a light on the true value of solar power
9 Feb 2021 at 12:18pm
Utility companies have worried that solar panels drive up electric costs for the people who don't have panels. Renewable energy researchers show the opposite is actually true -- grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) owners are actually subsidizing their non-PV neighbors.
Radiative cooling and solar heating from one system, no electricity needed
8 Feb 2021 at 10:44am
A new study describes a new technology that provides both radiative cooling and solar heating, all is one system and without using electricity or fuel. It could help impoverished communities, reduce cooling and heating costs, lower CO2 emissions.
New way to power up nanomaterials for electronic applications
5 Feb 2021 at 12:01pm
Materials scientists have discovered that perovskites, a class of promising materials that could be used for low-cost, high-performance solar cells and LEDs, have a previously unutilized molecular component that can further tune the electronic property of perovskites.
Optical coating can simultaneously reflect and transmit the same wavelength, ...
4 Feb 2021 at 4:25pm
The technology, based on Fano resonance, results in a coating that fully reflects only a very narrow wavelength. The technology could improve the effectiveness of devices that use hybrid thermal-electric power generation as a solar energy option.
Tiny 3D structures enhance solar cell efficiency
2 Feb 2021 at 5:54am
A new method for constructing special solar cells could significantly increase their efficiency. Not only are the cells made up of thin layers, they also consist of specifically arranged nanoblocks.
Solar material can 'self-heal' imperfections
26 Jan 2021 at 4:22pm
A material that can be used in technologies such as solar power has been found to self-heal, a new study shows.
Highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at fifth of cost
22 Jan 2021 at 8:23am
Researchers have found a way to enhance hybrid flow batteries and their commercial use. The new approach can store electricity in these batteries for very long durations for about a fifth the price of current technologies, with minimal location restraints and zero emissions.
Squeezing a rock-star material could make it stable enough for solar cells
21 Jan 2021 at 12:10pm
A promising lead halide perovskite is great at converting sunlight to electricity, but it breaks down at room temperature. Now scientists have discovered how to stabilize it with pressure from a diamond anvil cell. The required pressure is well within the reach of industrial manufacturing requirements.
An anode-free zinc battery that could someday store renewable energy
20 Jan 2021 at 5:50am
Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, could help decrease the world's reliance on fossil fuels. But first, power companies need a safe, cost-effective way to store the energy for later use. Massive lithium-ion batteries can do the job, but they suffer from safety issues and limited lithium availability. Now, researchers have made a prototype of an anode-free, zinc-based battery that uses low-cost, naturally abundant materials.
On the road to invisible solar panels: How tomorrow's windows will generate e...
5 Jan 2021 at 7:48am
Researchers demonstrate the first transparent solar cell. Their innovative technique rests on a specific part of the solar cell: the heterojunction, made up of thin films of materials responsible for absorbing light. By combining the unique properties of titanium dioxide and nickel oxide semiconductors, the researchers were able to generate an efficient, transparent solar cell.