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Photovoltaic power could be produced from textiles

21 August, 2019

Pliable, textile-based solar cells could enable truck tarps to produce the electricity consumed by the driver when underway, or to power electronic systems used to locate trailers in shipping terminals.

Boosting solar cell performance as easy as 1-2-3

14 August, 2019

Adding a third ingredient to the light-capturing layer of an emerging solar cell technology can significantly improve all aspects of its energy-harvesting performance, according to researchers.

Deforming solar cells could improve efficiency

08 August, 2019

Solar cells and light-sensing technologies could be made more efficient by taking advantage of an unusual property that results from deformations and defects in their structures.

DuPont Fortasun solar silicones

11 June, 2019

DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions has announced DuPont Fortasun solar silicones — a product line that features sealants, adhesives, potting agents, encapsulants and electrically conductive adhesives.

Why does selenium increase solar panel efficiency?

24 May, 2019

A PhD student from Loughborough University has helped shed light (no pun intended) on a solar panel puzzle that could lead to more efficient devices being developed.

Solar cells perform better with caffeine — no, really!

29 April, 2019

Researchers have discovered that caffeine can increase the efficiency of perovskite solar cells, enhancing their thermal stability and ability to convert light to electricity.

Self-assembling nanomaterials increase solar cell efficiency

12 February, 2019

Scientists used a process called singlet fission to produce and extend the life of harvestable light-generated electrons.

Cheaper, more efficient perovskite solar cells

19 December, 2018

A newly synthesised molecule assembles itself into a monolayer which can cover a variety of surfaces and can function as a hole-transporting material in a perovskite solar cell.

Wireless self-charging system uses NIR band

16 October, 2018

Researchers have developed a permanent, wireless self-charging platform for low-power wearable electronics by converting near-infrared band irradiation to electrical energy.

Dual-layer solar cell sets efficiency record

04 September, 2018

Materials scientists have developed a highly efficient thin-film solar cell that generates more energy from sunlight than typical solar panels, thanks to its double-layer design.

Phosphorus + microwaves = more efficient solar cells

10 August, 2018

Flakes of phosphorene, a 2D form of phosphorus only a few atoms thick, are being used to boost the energy capacity of dye-sensitised solar cells.

Magellan Power Solar Gate solar power monitoring system

02 August, 2018

Magellan Power's Solar Gate combines hardware and software to control and prevent the export of solar power to the grid.

Smart solar hybrid streetlight system developed

31 July, 2018 by Aman Jha, Jitendra Jain, Prashant Pandey, Indar Prakash Singhal and Kamaldeep Bansal — AMG Central Lab, STMicroelectronics Pvt Ltd Greater Noida, UP, Delhi, India

STMicroelectronics has devised a smart solar hybrid LED streetlight system, developed as a pilot project and implemented in the car park at one of its campuses.

Solar cell manufacturing myth busted

27 March, 2018

Researchers have busted a 20-year-old myth surrounding solar cell production, finding that previous assumptions about the chemical processes involved are inaccurate.

Boosting solar fuel efficiency using microwires

24 January, 2018

Researchers have made significant efficiency improvements to the technology used to generate solar fuels, involving the direct conversion of energy from sunlight into a usable fuel.

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