Researchers found that infusing caffeine to perovskite solar cells improves the technology's thermal stability and power conversion efficiency. They believe that the discovery could make perovskite solar cells more commercially viable in the future.
Energy April 26, 2019
The new plant-inspired graphene electrode employs the fractal design of fern leaves to store solar energy at an improved capacity, 3,000 percent bigger than previously available. This prototype paves the way for flexible thin film solar technology.
Material Science April 4, 2017
The high-tech material graphene quantum dots with illuminating properties will have expanded use in cancer treatment and drug delivery. The material has innovated over metallic quantum dots with cost-effective production methods and properties for wider applications.
Medicine March 28, 2017
Making solar cells as inexpensively as printing newspapers are in sight. This follows a new breakthrough by researchers at the University of Toronto who developed perovskite solar cells in lower temperature conditions by solving the ESL hurdle.
Energy February 28, 2017
Taking cues from 'Back to the Future,' a scientist from the University of Central Florida has developed solar nanotech-powered clothing that both harvests and stores energy from the sun for various applications.
Material Science November 15, 2016
Two scientists have discovered a less costly and more effective way of researching the sun's anatomy. The star's core is, for the most part, subject of scientific mystery, and this method would significantly improve the conditions of the neutrinos research.
Space November 12, 2016
Tesla Motors has revealed a possible collaboration with Panasonic on the production of solar panels at SolarCity's Gigafactory. The agreement could showcase what the combined Tesla Motors and SolarCity is capable of.
Business Tech October 17, 2016
A new solar cell converts carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuel using sunlight. The artificial leaf may help solve problems related to energy use.
Energy July 31, 2016
An ultra-thin solar photovoltaic cell developed by scientists in South Korea is so flexible it can wrap around virtually any surface. What are its potential applications?
Energy June 23, 2016
Researchers from MIT have developed a device that allows solar cells to transform heat into electricity. Since the device depends on heat emissions rather than direct sunlight, the method can produce continuous flow of electricity.
Energy May 25, 2016
Scientists in China are developing revolutionary solar cells that could trigger electricity from both the sun and rain. The incredible process could lay the foundation for future all-weather solar panels.
Energy April 11, 2016
Researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology were able to create a transparent wood that can be used to make solar cells and windows. The study was published in Biomacromolecules.
Earth/Environment April 1, 2016
Solar cells could soon become far more efficent through the use of hybrid lead-halide perovskites. What is photon recycling, and how could it change the world?
March 30, 2016
Scientists invented an ultra-thin solar cell so lightweight it can lay on top of a soap bubble without popping it. The research team said the breakthrough is in the process, not in the materials used.
Energy February 27, 2016
The new technology could make solar panels thinner, lighter, and more effective. The secret is quantum mechanics.
Energy November 6, 2015
Stanford University engineers developed an energy-boosting transparent coating that acts as a cooling system for solar panels.
Energy September 24, 2015
Researchers in the U.S. Army developed a smaller and cheaper solar cell to convert light from the sun into electric energy.
FUTURE TECH July 7, 2015
A team of chemists at UCLA have developed a new solar power technology that allows solar cells to collect and store energy for longer periods of time.
June 25, 2015
Want to make the most out of solar cells? Researchers take inspiration from moth eyes in developing technology that improves sunlight absorption, which in turn improves power output.
Energy March 7, 2015
A new bionic leaf, inspired by nature, can create fuel. The new energy approach may prove more popular than solar cells, which have not caught fire in the consumer realm.
Energy February 14, 2015
High-efficiency solar panels could soon come to private homes and businesses, but only in certain areas. How does this technology, designed for the space program, work?
February 5, 2015
Solar cells are more efficient when they reflect less light, a quality usually improved with coatings. A new self-assembling copolymer can now layer cells, improving performance.
January 21, 2015
Tommy Hilfiger is teaming up with Pvilion to design and produce jackets equipped with solar panels. The wearable can recharge electronic devices.
Wearable Tech December 6, 2014
Blu-Ray discs can be used to make solar cells more efficient, according to new research from Northwestern University.
FUTURE TECH November 25, 2014
U.S. researchers combine electricity-generating solar cell and electricity-storing battery into a single device: a solar battery. Light and oxygen create energy in a "breathing" battery.
Energy October 4, 2014
A new technology combines a novel solar cell with a battery. But how does the system work?
October 3, 2014
Solar cells will be installed on 24 public school buildings as part of an effort to reduce New York City's contribution to global warming. The installations will triple the amount of solar energy produced on city-owned structures.
Earth/Environment September 30, 2014
Researchers are working on technology that could turn every window or smartphone screen into an electricity generating solar cell. Transparent coating absorbs sunlight to create energy while still allowing a view.
Energy August 20, 2014
New technique involving spectroscopy can quickly test an organic material's suitability for solar power cells. Advance could lead to more efficient organic photovoltaic cells, researchers say.
Energy August 20, 2014
Female-led startup develops smart benches for Boston. The Soofas use solar power to charge mobile devices and record environmental elements.
FUTURE TECH July 2, 2014
Solar cells could, one day, be painted onto surfaces, thanks to new nanoparticles
Energy June 11, 2014
Solar cells made of tin could revolutionize the renewable energy industry. This is the story of how they work.
Energy May 7, 2014
Solar cells are not a thing of the past. A recent study discovered an environment-friendly version of the solar cell. Find out why it is dubbed as "the next big thing."
Energy May 6, 2014
A climate report from the IPCC calls for three to four times as much energy production from renewable energy sources as today. Is the technology up to the task?
Energy April 14, 2014