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June 28, 2022

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Thin-Film Photovoltaic Technology Combines Efficiency and Versatility

Stacking solar cells increases their efficiency. Researchers have now produced perovskite/CIS tandem solar cells with an efficiency of nearly 25 percent -- the highest value achieved thus far with ...

Once Seen as Fleeting, a New Solar Tech Proves Its Lasting Power

Researchers have developed the first perovskite solar cell with a commercially viable lifetime, marking a major milestone for an emerging class of renewable energy technology. The team projects their ...

Researchers Create Highest Efficiency 1-Sun Solar Cell

Researchers have created a solar cell with a record 39.5 percent efficiency under 1-sun global illumination. This is believed to be the highest efficiency solar cell of any type, measured using ...

Major Infrared Breakthrough Could Lead to Solar Power at Night

Using technology similar to night-vision goggles, researchers have developed a device that can generate electricity from thermal ...
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Assessing the Impact of Loss Mechanisms in Solar Cell Candidate

The superconductor antimony sulfide selenide is a potential candidate for solar materials, but this depends on understanding how to boost its ...

Physicists Develop Ideal Testing Conditions of Solar Cells for Space Applications

Researchers have described the optimal conditions for testing perovskite solar cells for ...

Cheaper Solar Cells Could Be on the Way Thanks to New Materials

New solar cell devices that are cheaper and easier to make could soon make their way to market thanks to new ...

Engineers Enlist AI to Help Scale Up Advanced Solar Cell Manufacturing

Perovskite materials could potentially replace silicon to make solar cells that are far thinner, lighter, and cheaper. But turning these materials into a product that can be manufactured ...

Energy Transition: New-Generation Solar Cells Raise Efficiency

A research team has developed a highly efficient tandem solar cell composed of perovskite and organic absorbers which can be produced at a lower cost than conventional solar cells made of silicon. ...

A New Heat Engine With No Moving Parts Is as Efficient as a Steam Turbine

Engineers have developed a heat engine with no moving parts that is as efficient as a steam turbine. The design could someday enable a fully decarbonized power grid, researchers ...

You've Heard of Water Droughts. Could 'Energy' Droughts Be Next?

Drawing on 70 years of historic wind and solar-power data, researchers built an AI model to predict the probability of a network-scale 'drought,' when daily production of renewables fell ...

Converting Solar Energy to Electricity on Demand

A new energy system that makes it possible to capture solar energy, store it for up to eighteen years and release it when and where it is needed has now taken the system a step further. After ...

Higher Solar Yield, Less Power Effort

Organic solar cells that are based on nonfullerene-acceptors, or NFAs, have now been found to generate electricity efficiently even with a relatively low offset of 0.1 ...

Solar Cell Keeps Working Long After Sun Sets

Researchers have constructed a photovoltaic cell that harvests energy from the environment during the day and night, making use of the heat leaking from Earth back into space. At night, solar cells ...

Solar Hydrogen: Better Photoelectrodes Through Flash Heating

Producing low-cost metal-oxide thin films with high electronic quality for solar water splitting is not an easy task. Especially since quality improvements of the upper metal oxide thin films need ...

Scientists Achieve Record Efficiency for Ultra-Thin Solar Panels

A team has successfully increased the levels of energy absorbed by wafer-thin photovoltaic panels by 25%. Their solar panels, just one micrometer thick, convert light into electricity more ...

Wind, Solar Could Replace Coal Power in Texas

A fraction of the wind and solar projects already proposed in Texas could eliminate the state's remaining coal power plants and their emissions, according to ...

Materials Scientists Finding Solutions to Biggest Hurdle for Solar Cell Technology

Materials scientists have discovered the major reason why perovskite solar cells -- which show great promise for improved energy-conversion efficiency -- degrade in sunlight, causing their ...

Optimizer Tool Designs, Evaluates, Maximizes Solar-Powered Cooling Systems

Researchers have developed an optimizer tool to design, evaluate, and maximize the performance of different types of solar-powered adsorption under various operating scenarios. The tool was created ...

How to Clean Solar Panels Without Water

Dust that accumulates on solar panels is a major problem, but washing the panels uses huge amounts of water. Engineers have now developed a waterless cleaning method to remove dust on solar ...

Tiny 'Skyscrapers' Help Bacteria Convert Sunlight Into Electricity

Researchers have made tiny 'skyscrapers' for communities of bacteria, helping them to generate electricity from just sunlight and ...

Electric Truck Hydropower, a Flexible Solution to Hydropower in Mountainous Regions

Researchers have developed an innovative hydropower technology based on electric trucks that could provide a flexible and clean solution for electricity generation in mountainous ...

Predicting Solar Cell Performance from Terahertz and Microwave Spectroscopy

Many semiconducting materials are possible candidates for solar cells. In recent years, perovskite semiconductors in particular have attracted attention, as they are both inexpensive and easy to ...

New Study Reveals Small-Scale Renewable Energy Sources Could Cause Power Failures

Renewable energy that feeds into the main power grid could destabilize the system and potentially cause power failures according to a new ...

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