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Left, the produced free energy eV upon illumination of the individual components of perovskite solar cell stack as shown right reveals the presence of interfacial recombination losses and defect recombination in the perovskite layer
Inverse charge funnelling in strained HfS2 a Schematic diagram of the proposed device see Fig 4 for the actual implementation Compressive strain is induced in the centre of a semiconducting HfS2 channel by controlled photo-oxidation The compression induce
  • Photo by Kenneth Wilsey for FEMA - Humacao, Puerto Rico, Jan 25, 2018

    Recommendations for Storm-Resilient Solar Installations

    The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active in history. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought widespread destruction throughout the Caribbean. In addition to the emotional toll these severe storms had on people in the region, the...
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  • Forecasting energy production

    Forecasting Energy Production of Solar Panels

    Together with its EnergyVille partners, imec has developed a simulation model designed to make the energy network more stable. It also makes the sale of energy more profitable and the work of PV researchers easier in general. Hans Goverde, a PV...
  • Colville Lake

    Unlocking PV Capacity with Energy Storage

    Until recently, microgrids have relied on power from diesel generators. But by integrating solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, operators can reduce the cost of diesel consumption, delivery and storage. In addition, integrating PV will also improve...
  • 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...
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    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...
  • Left, the produced free energy eV upon illumination of the individual components of perovskite solar cell stack as shown right reveals the presence of interfacial recombination losses and defect recombination in the perovskite layer

    Increasing Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Devices

    New findings by researchers from the University of Potsdam and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) could revolutionize the design of perovskite solar cells. Photoluminescence techniques with high precision, spatial and temporal resolution allowed...
  • Inverse charge funnelling in strained HfS2 a Schematic diagram of the proposed device see Fig 4 for the actual implementation Compressive strain is induced in the centre of a semiconducting HfS2 channel by controlled photo-oxidation The compression induce

    Solar Cells Made More Efficient with Funneling Method

    A technique discovered by researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK allows to move excited charges through a non-uniform energy-gap landscape. This effect could make solar cells three times more efficient by “funneling” the...
  • US Naval Research Laboratory displays Solar-Soaring UAV at World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion Raeanna MorganNRL

    UAVs Fly 12+ Hours Powered by Solar-Soaring Technology

    Combining autonomous soaring and onboard solar power, new technology developed at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) allows unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fly for more than 12 hours.  The solar-soaring technology uses both thermal...
  • Singapore testbed of 10 different floating solar technologies on Tengeh reservoir
  • Nooshin Mortazavi, materials researcher at Chalmers Department of Physics Photo credit Heln Rosenfeldt

    The Interplay of Water and Reactive Elements in Alloy Oxidation

    Groundbreaking findings of a study conducted at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, contributes to a better fundamental understanding of how alloys behave at high temperatures, which could help researchers to develop improved materials...
  • Optical Overtone Phenomenon Could Boost Solar Cell Efficiency solar guitar copyright PhOG, LMU
  • Artists representation of glass beads of slightly different diameters denoted by different colors in the nanoresonator coating Each bead acts as an optical whispering gallery, or resonator, for a slightly different wavelength of sunlight Credit K Dill, D

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