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New efficiency record for solar cell technology
21 Jan 2022 at 9:48am
A research team has set a new record in the power conversion efficiency of solar cells made using perovskite and organic materials. Their latest work demonstrated a power conversion efficiency of 23.6%, approaching that of conventional silicon solar cells. This technological breakthrough paves the way for flexible, light-weight, low cost and ultra-thin photovoltaic cells for wide-ranging applications.
Quantum dots boost perovskite solar cell efficiency and scalability
20 Jan 2022 at 11:07am
Scientists have boosted the efficiency and scalability of perovskite solar cells by replacing their electron-transport layers with a thin layer of quantum dots.
Climate change could lead to power outages, higher power costs on west coast ...
5 Jan 2022 at 7:32am
Two studies project the future of power supply and demand on the West Coast under different scenarios: one under climate change and another where power sources shift toward renewables and the climate follows historic trends.
Templating approach stabilizes 'ideal' material for alternative solar cells
23 Dec 2021 at 11:31am
Researchers have developed a method to stabilize a promising material known as perovskite for cheap solar cells, without compromising its near-perfect performance.
Solar power: 'Wonder material' phosphorene nanoribbons live up to hype in fir...
20 Dec 2021 at 9:07am
Researchers have incorporated phosphorene nanoribbons into new types of solar cells, dramatically improving their efficiency.
Perovskite solar cell with ultra-long stability
17 Dec 2021 at 7:22am
Perovskites are the great hope for further increasing the efficiency of solar modules in the future. Until now, their short service life has been considered the biggest hurdle to their practical use, but this could soon change. Researchers now present a variant that stands out for its stability.
Scientists create stable materials for more efficient solar cells
15 Dec 2021 at 10:27am
Researchers have developed a new process for producing stable perovskite materials to create more efficient solar cells.
Zooming in on tiny defects
13 Dec 2021 at 9:18am
Researchers have looked at what limits the efficiency of a promising solar material to reveal the nature of multiple different kinds of defects, their varied roles in device efficiency and their responses to treatment.
N-type conductive tin sulfide thin films: Towards environmentally friendly so...
13 Dec 2021 at 9:18am
Abundant, safe, and environmentally friendly, tin sulfide is predicted to be used in next generation solar cell panels. Now, a research group has used impurity doping to fabricate n-type conductive tin sulfide thin films, paving the way for their use in solar cells.
A tool to speed development of new solar cells
9 Dec 2021 at 9:42am
Researchers have developed a computational simulator that can help predict whether changes to materials or design will improve performance in new photovoltaic cells.
Air quality models can improve the accuracy of forecasts of daily solar power...
2 Dec 2021 at 11:15am
The expansion of renewable energies is placing increasing demands on the power grids. Precise forecasts of the amount of solar power that will be fed into the grid is key to effective energy management. In addition to clouds, aerosol particles also strongly influence the amount of electricity generated by photovoltaic systems. Current air quality models are a good basis for estimating the production of solar electricity, but they could be further improved.
Perovskite solar cells soar to new heights
2 Dec 2021 at 11:15am
Researchers have developed a novel method to fabricate lead halide perovskite solar cells with record efficiency.
Beads of glass in meteorites help scientists piece together how solar system ...
1 Dec 2021 at 5:39pm
Scientists have published an analysis laying out how the tiny beads of glass inside many meteorites came to be -- and what they can tell us about what happened in the early solar system.
Scientists develop lead-absorbing tape to boost viability of rising star in s...
30 Nov 2021 at 10:02am
Scientists describe development of a cost-effective Scotch-tape-like film that can be applied to perovskite solar cells and capture 99.9% of leaked lead in the event of solar cell damage.
Efficient organic solar cells processed from green solvents
29 Nov 2021 at 7:56am
A small guest molecule in the right place makes it possible to produce energy-efficient organic solar cells using eco-friendly solvents. A record efficiency over 17% is demonstrated. In addition, solar cells with larger areas can be produced.