Solar innovation

Scientists build solar-powered device that can harvest water from dry air

The solar-powered harvester, which can work in conditions as low as 20 per cent humidity, was constructed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US In a breakthrough, scientists have developed a new system that can harvest litres of water from the air everyday using just ambient sunlight, even in dry or desert […]

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Scientists are Developing 2-D Layered Hybrid Perovskites for Optoelectronic Performance

At the edges of the perovskite layers, the new research discovered “layer-edge-states,” which are key to both high efficiency of solar cells (>12 percent) and high fluorescence efficiency (a few tens of percent) for LEDs. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are developing innovative 2D layered hybrid perovskites that allow greater freedom […]

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1366 Technologies Achieves 19.9% Efficiency Using Direct Wafer and Hanwha Q CELLS Q.ANTUM Cell Technologies

The result demonstrates the rapid efficiency gains that are possible with 1366 Technologie’s kerfless, drop-in 156 mm multicrystalline wafers and Hanwha Q CELLS Q.ANTUM passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) cell process 1366 Technologies has achieved a new performance record of 19.9% cell efficiency for its Direct Wafer technology through its ongoing technical partnership with Hanwha […]

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Fraunhofer Sets New World Record for Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cell with 21.9 Percent Efficiency

The record Multicrystalline Silicon solar cell consists of n-type high performance multicrystalline silicon, or HP mc-Si. Compared to p-type silicon, this material shows a higher tolerance to impurities, especially iron. Researchers at Fraunhofer ISE have produced a multicrystalline silicon solar cell with 21.9 percent efficiency, which successfully brings the world record back to Freiburg. Higher […]

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CSIRO makes high-quality graphene with soybeans

Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick. Its thin composition and high conductivity means it is used in applications ranging from miniaturised electronics to biomedical devices.   Scientists have used soybeans to make the world’s strongest material grapheme more commercially viable. The team of scientists was led by CSIRO. Graphene is a […]

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Researchers develop a solar-powered water purifier

The sun evaporates the water in the solar powered purifier. During this process, salt, bacteria or other unwanted elements are left behind as the liquid moves into a gaseous state. The water vapor then cools and returns to a liquid state, where it is collected in a separate container without the salt or contaminants.  You’ve […]

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Scientists At MTU Develops Brand-New Way To Synthesize Sodium-Embedded Carbon Nanowalls

A little sodium goes a long way. At least that’s the case in carbon-based energy technology. Specifically, embedding sodium in carbon materials can tremendously improve electrodes. Scientists at Michigan Technological University invented a method to take a material out of theory and make it into a real electrode. They ran tests on the sodium-embedded carbon […]

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1366 Technologies with Hanwha Q CELLS hits 19.6% Cell Efficiency Using Direct Wafer and Q.ANTUM Cell Technologies

1366 Technologies with Hanwha Q CELLS has achieved  a new performance record of 19.6% cell efficiency for 1366’s Direct Wafer technology. The result was independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab and clearly demonstrates the combined potential of the two inventions – 1366’s kerfless, drop-in 156 mm multicrystalline wafers and Hanwha Q CELLS Q.ANTUM, passivated […]

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