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Researchers develop innovative solar absorber that can harness more sunlight

Researchers have discovered a novel way to significantly increase the amount of sunlight that a solar absorber can convert into heat. By converting solar energy into heat, the solar absorber can help make sustainable technologies that rely on solar heat more efficient and affordable. The team’s novel fabrication technique involves patterning a solar absorber with […]

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Perovskite Solar Cells reaches over 20% efficiency

Researches at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are pushing the efficiency limits of perovskite solar cell by exploring the best way to grow these crystals. EPLF in a statement said researchers’ team headed by Michael Graetzel has found that, by briefly reducing the pressure while fabricating perovskite crystals, they were able to achieve the […]

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Solar cells could be based on iron molecules in future

Researchers at Lund University have explained how iron-based dyes work on a molecular level in solar cells. The new finding is expected to accelerate the development of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar cells. With the integration of iron instead of other more expensive and rare metals, the production of solar cells and light catchers will […]

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A device that harvests wind and solar energy could power the ‘Internet of Things’

“Internet of Things” is expected to make life more efficient and cities “smarter” connecting an extensive network of tiny communications devices. But these machines need lot of energy.  Instead of adding to the global reliance on fossil fuels to power the network, researchers have introduced a single device that harvests wind and solar energy. The […]

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Researchers demonstrate STPVs that converts solar heat into usable electric power

Researchers at MIT demonstrated a device based on a method that enables solar cells to break through a theoretically predicted ceiling on how much sunlight they can convert into electricity. A single-layer cell made of silicon is used for the vast majority of today’s solar panels — the upper limit of these cells is about […]

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The solar panels work best when they receive sunlight for longer period of time they are mounted at an optimal tilt and should face southwards. Today rooftops provide you the opportunity to turn unused space into an energy-producing, cost-cutting asset. There are several ways to mount solar panels to maximize solar exposure and energy production. […]

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UNSW engineers set a new world record in solar cell efficiency

Engineers at the University of New South Wales have developed a new solar cell configuration that is 34.5 percent efficient at converting unfocused sunlight into electricity. The new solar cell is 44 percent better than the previous record – made by Alta Devices of the USA, which reached 24% efficiency with a larger solar array. […]

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Solar Cell Efficiency Questions Finally Finds an Answer

The enigmatic material – spiro-OMeTAD has been cloak-and-dagger for around two decades. Despite research efforts, its utility of this material has constrained till hole-transporting material in perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells.  But latest study has resurrected the potential of spiro-OMeTAD determining the future of solar cells. This time, a team have grown single crys tals […]

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‘Graphene’ can solve the Rainy Day Riddle of Solar Power

Dilemma of solar power working on nights or during inclement weather has given hesitant reasons to rely on this source of green energy. As technology leapfrogs rainy days might also not affect the potential of solar. Researchers are undergoing revolutionary experiments with the wonder material ‘graphene’ (its potential has defined new dimensions in semiconductors too) […]

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