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Caffeine provides solar cells with an energy boost: Study

To discover that caffeine can give solar cells an energy boost is perhaps one of the more surprising scientific discoveries. Research shows that caffeine can help make solar cells more efficient at converting light to electricity.

Key to improving solar cell efficiency is chemistry

Nuremberg - As solar cell technology continues to advance, at the same time as interest in renewables rises, researchers are looking at how advanced chemistry can shape industrial sized solar cells so they can be adapted to maximise power collection.

New advance in solar cell technology

Okinawa - Japanese researchers have developed a new all-inorganic perovskite solar cell. The cell addresses three three important challenges in solar cell technology: efficiency, stability, and cost.

New methods for solar cell screening

Boston - A new computer technique enables the rapid screening for new types of solar cells, seeking increased efficiencies and materials for next generation solar power.

Perovskite solar cells reach 20 percent efficiency

In a significant breakthrough, scientists have enhanced perovskite solar cells, enabling the cells to reach record long-term stability and an efficiency of over 20 percent.

Why spray-on solar cells will be good for business

A spray-on or printable thin film technology could revolutionize the fast-growing solar power market further, including connecting in with digital transformation projects. Big players like Panasonic and Fujifilm are investing heavily in this area.

Perovskite's unique ability increases efficiency of solar cells

Using metal halide perovskite solar cells has made it possible to increase the efficiency of devices using these materials from under 4.0 percent in 2009 to 22 percent in 2016. Now, researchers have found a way to make them even more efficient.

Powering medical implants with solar cells

Solar power technology is being tested to see how effectively it works with medical implants. The idea is to allow implants to become self-charging, avoiding the risk of breakdown or the need for invasive replacements.

Edging towards printable solar cells

Toronto - Imagine being able to print out your own solar cells? Or popping to a store and having solar panels fashioned to your specification within minutes? These processes are becoming close to reality.

Manufacturing inexpensive solar cells through new technology

One of the leading renewable energy solutions is solar power. The application is hampered by energy conversion efficiency and restricted by where panels can be positioned. Organic superconductors address the efficiency issue.

New means of making cheap and effective solar cells

Physicists have found a method to manufacture low-cost and effective solar cells using the material perovskite. The method could provide the foundation for developing next-generation solar power.

Imploding bubbles create better solar cells

Growth in solar power technology continues and considerable research efforts are orientated towards making solar panels more efficient. A novel way of doing so involves the use of imploding bubbles.

Micro-sized solar cells for wearable devices

Future electronic devices, including wearable technology, may be set to drop conventional batteries and use solar cells instead. The ability of micro-sized solar cells to harness sufficient energy has been proven in a new study.

Biologically powered solar cells tested

The search for alternative forms of power, necessary to future-proof electricity generation in the face of dwindling sources of oil, has led to biological life forms. A new development is a so-called bio-solar cell.

Moth eyes provide clues for next-gen solar cells

Researchers have been inspired by the eyes of moths to develop a next generation series of solar power cells. The focus has been with creating a special type of anti-reflective surface.

Studying moths to improve solar cells

Researchers have pioneered a new antireflective coating for solar cells. The design for the coating was inspired by the eyes of a moth. The scientists behind the project hope that it will improve the efficiency of solar panels.

Graphene helps to construct flexible solar cells

Researchers have devised a new type of cathode that could be readily used to manufacture inexpensive, flexible dye-sensitized solar cells.

Super-power polymer solar cells developed

Scientists have developed a new generation of powerful solar cells based on polymers. The cells can be produced on a large scale and at a relatively low cost.

Stanford researchers create reusable flexible solar cells

Renewable energy is inevitable. It will be relied on sooner or later especially at the current rate of non-renewable energy usage. However, Stanford researchers have come up with a low cost solar panel solution for all your personal needs.

Researchers Create Polymer Solar Cells with Higher Efficiency Levels

UCLA researchers describe the design and synthesis of a new polymer, or plastic, for use in solar cells that has significantly greater sunlight absorption and conversion capabilities than previous polymers.

Higher Efficiency From Hairy Solar Cells

A new manufacturing process could mean improved efficiency for solar cells. The technique, which is being pioneered by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, results in “hairy” solar cells.

Significant Improvement in Cheap Solar Cell Process

A cheap alternative to silicon solar cells can be found in dye-sensitised solar cells. This type of cell imitates the natural conversion of sunlight into energy by, for instance, plants and light-sensitive bacteria.

Silicon and Sun

Nice to see some have their "Thinking Caps On"... :)

Physicist Develops Solar Energy Clothing And Car Roofs

LEIPZIG (dpa) - Ever wished you could keep your car interior cool even when it is parked in blazing sunshine? This may soon be possible, thanks new thin film solar cells developed and patented by German physicist Gerd Lippold.The paper-thin films can b...

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330 solar cells are incorporated into the Sion s exterior.
330 solar cells are incorporated into the Sion's exterior.
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A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged  connect assembly of typically 6×10 solar cells. Solar Pho...
A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged, connect assembly of typically 6×10 solar cells. Solar Photovoltaic panels constitute the solar array of a photovoltaic system that generates and supplies solar electricity in commercial and residential applications.
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The solar-electric Helios Prototype flying wing is shown over the Pacific Ocean.
The solar-electric Helios Prototype flying wing is shown over the Pacific Ocean.
Work on solar cells using perovskite material has advanced rapidly as a result of the materials exce...
Work on solar cells using perovskite material has advanced rapidly as a result of the materials excellent light absorption, charge-carrier mobilities, and lifetimes, resulting in high device efficiencies with significant opportunities to realize a low-cost, industry-scalable technology.
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