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Solar Energy News
January 28, 2020

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Most of today's solar panels capture sunlight and convert it to electricity only from the side facing the sky. If the dark underside of a solar panel could also convert ... read more

2019 Nobel Prize in Physics: Evolution of the Universe and Discovery of Exoplanet Orbiting Solar-Type Star

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics is being awarded "for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth's place in the ... read more

Laser Printing Tech Produces Waterproof E-Textiles in Minutes

In just three minutes, the laser printing approach can produce a 10x10 cm smart textile patch that's waterproof, stretchable and easily integrated with solar or other sources of ... read more

Materials That Can Revolutionize How Light Is Harnessed for Solar Energy

Scientists have designed organic molecules capable of generating two excitons per photon of light, a process called singlet fission. The excitons can live for much longer than those generated from ... read more
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Tests Measure Solar Panel Performance Beyond Established Standards

In testing solar panels, the sun's intensity, the spectral composition and the angle of light are important factors in understanding why certain panels are successful and others degrade more ... read more

Punching Holes in Opaque Solar Cells Turns Them Transparent

Researchers in Korea have found an effective and inexpensive strategy to transform solar cells from opaque to transparent. Existing transparent solar cells tend to have a reddish hue and lower ... read more

New Method to Remove Dust on Solar Panels

Particle removal increased from 41% on hydrophilic smooth Si wafers to 98% on superhydrophobic Si-based nanotextured surfaces. The researchers confirmed these results by measuring the adhesion of a ... read more

Making Higher-Energy Light to Fight Cancer

Researchers have achieved photon up-conversion, the emission of light with energy higher than the one that excites the material, using carefully designed structures containing silicon nanocrystals ... read more

Daylight Damage to Photovoltaics

A research team has investigated the ways sunlight can degrade the efficiency of newly developed organic photovoltaics over time. This work may assist in the wide commercialization of next-generation ... read more

New Hybrid Device Can Both Capture and Store Solar Energy

Researchers have reported a new device that can both efficiently capture solar energy and store it until it is needed, offering promise for applications ranging from power generation to distillation ... read more

Decarbonizing the Power Sector

Electricity supply is one of the biggest CO2 emitters globally. To keep global warming well below 2°C, several paths lead to zero emissions in the energy sector, and each has its potential ... read more

Novel Direct Thermal Charging Cell Converts Low-Grade Waste Heat to Usable Electricity

Engineers can now efficiently convert heat into electricity, creating a huge potential to reduce greenhouse effects by capturing exhaust heat and cutting down primary energy ... read more

Scientists Show How Perovskite Solar Cells Can Capture More Electricity

Scientists have developed a method to analyze which pairs of materials in next-generation perovskite solar cells will harvest the most ... read more

Hot Electrons Harvested Without Tricks

Semiconductors convert energy from photons into an electron current. However, some photons carry too much energy for the material to absorb. These photons produce 'hot electrons', and the ... read more

New Material Points Toward Highly Efficient Solar Cells

A new type of material for next-generation solar cells eliminates the need to use lead, which has been a major roadblock for this ... read more

Iron-Based Solar Cells on Track to Becoming More Efficient

An international study shows that 30% of the energy in a certain type of light-absorbing iron molecule disappears in a previously unknown manner. By closing this loophole, the researchers hope to ... read more

Perovskite Solar Cells Get an Upgrade

Materials scientists find inorganic compounds quench defects in perovskite-based solar cells and expand their tolerance of light, humidity and ... read more

New Technique Lets Researchers Map Strain in Next-Gen Solar Cells

Researchers have developed a way to map strain in lead halide perovskite solar cells without harming them. Their approach can image the grain structure of a perovskite solar cell, showing that ... read more

Where to Install Renewable Energy in US to Achieve Greatest Benefits

A new study shows that to achieve the biggest improvements in public health and the greatest benefits from renewable energy, wind turbines should be installed in the Upper Midwest and solar power ... read more

To Rid Electric Grid of Carbon, Shore Up Green Energy Support

Engineers, along with an economist, have created an energy model that helps to remove carbon-generated power from the US electric grid -- replacing it with a greener, financially feasible wind, solar ... read more

Biological Material Boosts Solar Cell Performance

Next-generation solar cells that mimic photosynthesis with biological material may give new meaning to the term 'green technology.' Adding the protein bacteriorhodopsin (bR) to perovskite ... read more

Mix Master: Modeling Magnetic Reconnection in Partially Ionized Plasma

Many of the most dramatic events in the solar system -- the spectacle of the Northern Lights, the explosiveness of solar flares, and the destructive impact of geomagnetic storms that can disrupt ... read more

Replacing Coal With Gas or Renewables Saves Billions of Gallons of Water

The transition from coal to natural gas in the US electricity sector is reducing the industry's water use, research finds. For every megawatt of electricity produced using natural gas instead of ... read more

Why Modified Carbon Nanotubes Can Help the Reproducibility Problem

Scientists have conducted an in-depth study on how carbon nanotubes with oxygen-containing groups can be used to greatly enhance the performance of perovskite solar cells. The newly discovered ... read more

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