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NREL’s Quantum Dot Research Yields Greater Control

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed new designer quantum dot systems with greater control over beneficial properties for photo-electrochemical and photovoltaic solar applications. The scientists were able to chemically modify lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dot surfaces so that their ionization energy– the amount of energy needed to […]

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Photovoltaics and batteries: an expensive combination

Solar power can cover up to 40% of the electricity needs of a typical Belgian household. Going beyond that level becomes really expensive: using batteries coupled with solar panels would be twice as expensive as using the power grid. It is one of the conclusions from a research by ULB researchers recently published on Applied […]

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Keeping Your Solar Panels Clean

Solar panels are maintenance free but it is good to inspect and clean them periodically. Hundreds of thousands of solar panels have popped up across the country as an increasing number of Indians now choose to power their daily lives with the sun’s energy. We all know that solar panels do not have any moving […]

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NRL Tests Autonomous ‘Soaring with Solar’ Concept

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Vehicle Research Section and Photovoltaic Section are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Their research investigates the presence of solar photovoltaics (PV) to the cooperative autonomous soaring techniques, which enables long endurance flights of unmanned sailplanes that use the […]

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Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign

Solar cells harness energy from the Sun and provide an alternative to non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels. However, they face challenges from costly manufacturing processes and poor efficiency — the amount of sunlight converted to useable energy. Light-absorbing materials called organic lead halide perovskites are used in a new type of solar cells that […]

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Scientists developed greener and cheaper way to make single-crystalline semiconductor films

Scientists have developed a greener and cheaper way to make single-crystalline semiconductor films, components at the heart of our electric gadgets, including smartphones, computers and solar panels. The fastest integrated circuits feature transistors consisting of germanium films on silicon. However, such materials are typically only prepared at elevated temperatures, with complex machinery that involve haza-rdous […]

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Startup Opportunities in Solar pv

Two key words that I would like to start: “startups” and “Rs.2.44/unit”. These have caught the attention of every educated citizen in the country. The first, for the opportunity of utilizing ones ideas and potential of doing something great; the other being the lowest tariff quoted in this month in solar PV under reverse bidding. […]

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Scientists have developed new ‘smart’ sunglasses that can generate electric power

Scientists have designed new ‘smart’ solar glasses incorporated with coloured, semi-transparent organic solar cells that can generate electric power Scientists have designed new ‘smart’ solar glasses incorporated with coloured, semi-transparent organic solar cells that can generate electric power enough to operate devices such as hearing aids or step counters. Organic solar cells are flexible, transparent, […]

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Things to Know Before Installing Solar on Your Roof

India is one of the few countries which is blessed with abundant solar energy. The country has a tremendous scope for the growth for the solar power. However, factors like lack of proper knowledge about the solar power technology amongst the consumers and penetration of second grade products in the market. Hence, we at Saur […]

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