Scientists develop a new, highly efficient solar cell

Solar Cells - Solar Panel

New solar cell is capable of collecting nearly half of all direct sunlight it receives Scientists from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science have designed a new solar cell that may be one of the most efficient of its kind. The prototype solar cell is comprised of several cell stacks that are incorporated into a single device. According to researchers, the device is capable of collecting nearly all of the energy potential from the solar spectrum. Researchers note that the solar cell is capable of converting…

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Solar energy can be used to produce clean water

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Research team can convert seawater into drinking water using sunlight Researchers from Rice University have developed a new way to desalinate seawater using the power of solar energy. The new method could potentially be used to provide communities throughout the world with potable water. The conventional method of extracting drinkable liquid from seawater involves distillation, which is an energy intensive and somewhat inefficient process. By using solar energy to produce potable water, researchers believe this method could eventually be replaced. New system is comprised of commercially viable materials The new…

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New research project aims to help homeowners share solar energy

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Researcher wants to develop a way for homeowners to share solar energy with one another A researcher from the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom is working to develop new technologies that would allow people to share the solar energy they produce themselves. Mahmoud Dhimish, a PhD student at the university, has launched a project focused on making this a possibility. The project is being supported by the University of Huddersfield School of Computing and Engineering. If successful, the project may eventually lead to a future where homeowners will…

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Researchers discover new way to use solar energy and bacteria to produce electricity

Research team develops new biological-solar cell leveraging the power of common bacteria Researchers from Birmingham University have made new progress in using bacteria to generate electrical power. For the first time ever, the research team has managed to connect nine biological-solar cells with a solar panel. Doing so allowed the team to generate the most electrical power ever generated by a small-scale biological-solar cell, highlighting a new milestone in energy production through the use of bacteria and solar energy. New solar cell could be an effective energy solution for various…

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New graphene solar panels generate power from rain

Scientists are developing graphene solar cells that can also use rain to produce electricity. A team of Chinese researchers from the Ocean University of China in Qingdao have made a breakthrough with graphene and solar panels. They believe that it is possible to harness power from rain via solar cells through a simple chemical reaction that would involve using sheets of graphene to separate the positively charged ions in rain, which would result in electricity generation. The study was published in the journal Angewandte Chemie. The chemical reaction is what…

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MIT researchers develop new material that may improve the solar energy space

New material can be used to store heat produced by solar energy systems and the sun itself Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new material that can store heat generate by solar energy systems. With solar power becoming more popular, researchers throughout the world have been working to find ways to make this form of energy more efficient and add value to solar power systems that will take form in the future. The new material could be used to ensure that heat generated by solar…

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Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Industry has projected market of $290 million by 2023: MarketResearchReports.Biz

MarketResearchReports.Biz has announced addition of new report “Dye Sensitized Solar Cells: Technologies, Markets And Players 2012-2023″ to its database. This brand new, independently researched report explores the technologies, players and markets of the DSSC (Dye Sensitized Solar Cells) industry that has a projected market of $290 million by 2023. Many companies are already involved in the development of DSSCs from technology start-ups to large corporations that are looking to add innovative technologies into their portfolio. Initial products are aimed towards portable applications, starting out with portable chargers and solar bags…

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Solar energy growth could threaten biological diversity in California

Solar power expansion may help and hurt the environment at the same time. California’s solar energy sector continues to expand due to the push to lower greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change and because of the low cost of solar panels. However, a recent study has revealed that some scientists are becoming more concerned that placing new large-scale solar plants in the Mojave Desert could actually harm the ecosystem that naturally exists there. Solar panels built in underdeveloped natural areas can crowd out wildlife and devastate their habitat. According…

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Science breakthrough could result in cheaper solar power

Molecules that contain iron could capture energy from sunlight. Swedish researchers from Lund University have discovered a new method for capturing energy from sunlight that involves the use of molecules that contain iron, and their discovery may lead to cheaper and more eco-friendly solar power applications. The researchers have produced an iron-based dye capable of transforming sunlight into electrons. Researchers from Lund University’s Chemistry Department collaborated with Uppsala University, and successfully produced an iron-based dye that can convert light into electrons with almost 100 percent efficiency. According to a press…

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New solar panel concept inspired by Japanese paper-cutting art

The new concept could maximize the efficiency of solar cells. Researchers at the University of Michigan have created a new type of solar panel that looks somewhat like a lattice with the ability to stretch like an accordion, which enables it to capture more energy from the sun by tilting along the sun’s trajectory. The inspiration for the design came from Japanese paper-cutting art known as Kirigami. These solar cells can capture energy that is otherwise lost by traditional PV panels. One of the main problems with conventional solar arrays…

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Solar energy generation improved by new method

American researchers have found a way to increase low-energy infrared protons to enable them to produce power inside PV cells. A recently published study revealed that researchers from the University of California Riverside (UCR), have discovered a new and innovative approach to solar energy that could significantly boost the quantity of light that is available to traditional solar panels; a method that could take infrared light, which is currently inaccessible, and transform it into visible light. The new technique could make current solar panels up to 30% more efficient. The…

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By 2050 solar power could be one of the world’s cheapest energy sources

German experts say solar energy has a very promising future. Although solar power still makes up only a small share of net electricity production around the globe, if Berlin-based think tank Agora Energiewende is right, this source of renewable energy will play a much more important role in the future and could become a cheaper energy source than coal or gas. Cost has been the primary obstacle standing in the way of the widespread adoption of solar energy. Photovoltaic systems are not cheap and this is one of the major…

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Solar energy and wind will become more prominent in the next decade

Study highlights the potential for solar energy and wind power to become preferred energy sources A new study from the Neo-Carbon Project, supported by researchers from Lappeenranta University of Technology, suggests that solar and wind energy will become the least expensive forms of power in the coming decade. Researchers from the university claim that wind and solar power will be particularly prominent and beneficial in Northeast Asia and China. Solar energy, in particular, has been gaining strong support in many parts of the world and new wind energy projects are…

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New material could make solar power cheaper and more efficient

Solar-absorbing materials efficiently soak up visible light. University of Toronto researchers are studying perovskites in its purest form, and this new material, which excels at absorbing visible light, could be ideal for solar power because it could make solar panels more efficient and less expensive. A new technique was used by researchers to grow perovskites. Professor Ted Sargent of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto and Professor Osman Bakr of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), led…

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Impressive solar energy system sets world record

Australian researchers have developed an ultra efficient photovoltaic (PV) system. According to a report from Live Science, researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have managed to convert over 40% of the sunlight that hits the solar energy system they developed into electricity, which is record-breaking efficiency for a commercial PV system. More than one test proved the technology produced the highest commercial efficiency ever reported. The first time that the solar energy technology was tested outdoors and achieved its record-breaking efficiency status, was during an outdoor test…

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New solar energy record set in Australia

Research team breaks world record in solar energy production efficiency Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia have set a new record solar energy efficiency. The research team made use of solar cells that are commercially available, but opted to use these cells in a new way. This allowed the team to improve the efficiency of solar panels by a significant degree, meaning that these energy systems were able to generate electrical power more effectively than their conventional counterparts. 40% of sunlight converted to electrical power by…

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