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Thermochromic Window With Inorganic Halide Perovskite Solar Cell
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    Thermal Imaging Cameras Test Solar Panels

    In the field of research and development, thermal imaging cameras are an established tool for evaluating solar cells and panels. However, the use of thermal imaging cameras for solar panel evaluation is not restricted to the field of...
  • Year-round Sandia National Laboratories intern Jesus Ortega inspects one of the new bladed receivers at Sandias National Solar Thermal Testing Facility Photo by Randy Montoya

    3D-Printed Concentrating Solar-Power Receivers

    Engineers at the US Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories have developed 3D-printed, fractal-like concentrating solar-power receivers that absorb sunlight up to 20% more efficiently than current technology and are less...
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  • Bi-facial solar cell

    Harvesting Sunlight from Both Sides of PV Cells

    The cost of electricity made with PV installations has been decreasing rapidly. In many regions it has already dipped below the cost of producing electricity with fossil fuels. So building solar plants has become an attractive business case. But it...
  • STile uses Olympus digital light microscopy tools in solar manufacturing

    Solar Manufacturing Using State-of-the-Art Technologies

    Driving the global spread of renewable solar energy, French company S’Tile is developing an innovative solar cell, saving on manufacturing costs and enhancing performance compared to conventional designs. Known as the i-Cell, this device...
  • Solar Decathlon 2015

    The Homes of the 2017 Solar Decathlon

    The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winning team blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation,...
  • Simply applying a maximum load sharing value to all panels in an array can result in grossly non-conservative wind load values

    Principles of Wind Loading for PV Arrays

    The solar industry in the US is growing by leaps and bounds. In 2016 alone over 14.8GW of solar was installed, nearly doubling the amount installed in 2015. This growth is fueled largely by decreases in the installed price of solar, which dropped...
  • Thermochromic Window With Inorganic Halide Perovskite Solar Cell

    Development of a Thermochromic Solar Window

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California (US) have discovered an inorganic halide perovskite that is ideal for smart solar windows. What is more, the new photovoltaic glass...
  • Theory and computation reveal mechanism on how a single optically excited spin-singlet state red, which is a bound electron-hole pair having electron amplitude extending over several molecules around the hole, can split efficiently into a pair of spin-tri

    Singlet Fission: Pathway to improved solar efficiency

    Scientists at the Center for Computational Study of Excited-State Phenomena in Energy Materials (C2SEPEM) at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California (US), have discovered a new mechanism...
  • Mohammed Alshayeb built his testbed over the roof of the Center of Design Research at the University

    Study Compares PV Panel Performance Over Different Roof Types

    Conducting a study and field experiments, a doctoral student in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas (KU) shows that PV panels installed over a green roof perform an average of 1.5% better, compared with panels over...
  • A view inside of the RIR-MAPLE chamber after the thin-film deposition process is over None of the original frozen solution is left in the center, as it has all been vaporized to coat the bottom of the target hanging above
  • Afnan Barri and Dynamic Thermal-Adaptive Curved Lightshelf
  • Electron microscopy images of germanium-tin nanoparticles with cadmium-sulfide coating Photo Ames Laboratory
  • Texture of Viola Petals Inspires Efficiency-Boosting Solar Cell Coating Image credit KIT

    Texture of Flower Petals Inspires Solar Cell Coating

    In the summer of 2016, Solar Novus reported on research coming out of Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT): A team had integrated transparent replicas of rose petals into an organic solar cell. In a follow-up study investigating...

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