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  • Residential solar

    Five Common Misconceptions about Residential Solar

    Generating electricity using solar roof installations may be growing in popularity but some homeowners still need convincing that it’s a clever way to save money on their electricity bills. With so much confusing information available, it can...
  • Illumination, oxygen and humidity heal deftects

    Innovative Research Advances Solar Technology

    As the cost of solar energy drops and electric rates rise, solar is getting much closer to grid parity. At the same time, efficiencies are going up in tiny increments, thanks to innovative and varied research underway around the world. For example,...
  • Thermal image from back

    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...
  • Perovskite module
  • 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 Cell With Integrated TENG Also Generates Energy from Rain

    Solar Cell Generates Energy from Rain

    Developed at Soochow University in China, a hybrid solar cell with a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) can generate electricity from both sunlight and the motion of raindrops.  The new device integrates a solar cell with a TENG via smart...
  • Dr Sawanta S Mali Left and Prof Chang Kook Hong Right are showing the perovskite solar cell devices fabricated at Polymer Energy Materials Laboratory, Chonnam National University, South Korea, which approaches 20 efficiency Photo Seong Il Oh

    Highly Efficient, Air-Stable Perovskite Solar Cells

    Researchers from Chonnam National University, South Korea, have developed a method — called co-precipitation — to make a solar thin film comprising nanoporous nickel oxide (NiOx) as the hole transporting layer (HTL) for a perovskite...
  • Kesterites Solar Cells The abundant, nontoxic alternative to perovskites
  • 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

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