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Power conversion efficiency boosted in perovskite solar cells

14 October, 2019

Researchers have developed transparent conductive films that are set to increase the power conversion efficiency of perovskite-based multijunction solar cells beyond 30%.

High efficiency achieved for flexible thin-film solar cells

07 October, 2019

Researchers have achieved 11.4% photoelectric conversion efficiency in flexible CZTSSe thin-film solar cells — said to be the highest efficiency ever reached in such cells.

Record-breaking solar cells feature self-assembling molecules

27 September, 2019

Tandem perovskite-CIGS solar cells have reached an efficiency of 23.26% — said to be a world record value in this type of cell.

Organic solar cells one step closer to commercialisation

23 September, 2019

Key components of organic solar cells require less electrical conductivity than initially thought — a breakthrough that should bring the devices closer to becoming a commercial reality.

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.

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