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The Secret To Better Solar Cells Could Be Hiding In A Cup Of Coffee

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

Groundbreaking Graphene-Based Electrode Can Boost Solar Power Storage

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

Graphene Quantum Dots Expand Role In Cancer Treatment And Bio-Imaging

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

Technology For Low-Cost Solar Cell Manufacturing In Low Temperature Developed

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

'Back To The Future' Inspires Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothing

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

Stanford Solar Physicist Discovers Easier Way To Observe Neutrinos: Study The Sun’s Inner Workings

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 Reveals Collaboration With Panasonic For Solar Panel Production: Prelude To SolarCity Merger

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

Artificial Leaf: New Solar Cell Uses Carbon Dioxide And Sunlight To Produce Hydrocarbon Fuel

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

This Ultra-Thin Solar Cell Is So Flexible It Can Wrap Around A Pencil

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

New Solar Cells Transform Heat Into Usable Energy

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

Graphene Solar Cell Generates Electricity From Sun And Rain

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

Scientists Develop 'Transparent Wood' For Solar Cells And Windows

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

Perovskite Solar Cells Raise Efficiency By Recycling Light

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

This Solar Cell Is Incredibly Thin And Lightweight It Can Rest On Top Of Soap Bubble

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

MIT Scientists Announce Ultraefficient Solar Cells

The new technology could make solar panels thinner, lighter, and more effective. The secret is quantum mechanics.

Energy November 6, 2015

New Transparent Coating Cools and Boosts Efficiency of Solar Cells: How It Works

Stanford University engineers developed an energy-boosting transparent coating that acts as a cooling system for solar panels.

Energy September 24, 2015

Army Develops Efficient Solar Cells That Convert Light Energy Into Electric Energy

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

Plant-Inspired Solar Cells Could Store Energy For Weeks

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

Technology Based On Moth Eye Could Herald Next Generation Of Solar Cells

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

Bionic Leaf Can Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel: Better Than Solar Cells?

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 Cells Move From Space To Rooftops

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

Nanotextures Inspired by Moth Eyes Prevent Reflection for Better Solar Panels

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 Solar Panel-Equipped Jackets Ensure Your Portable Devices Never Run Out of Juice

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

How Your Blu-Ray Discs Could Improve Solar Cells

Blu-Ray discs can be used to make solar cells more efficient, according to new research from Northwestern University.

FUTURE TECH November 25, 2014

World's first solar battery promises to reduce cost by 'breathing': Here's how

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

It recharges and runs on solar energy: Meet the newest battery

A new technology combines a novel solar cell with a battery. But how does the system work?

October 3, 2014

NYC schools go solar with $23 million installation

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

Go solar with a view using newly developed transparent cells

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

Scientists unlock energy conversion abilities of photovoltaic cells

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

Park benches aren't just for sitting, they're now solar-powered charging stations

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

Nanoparticle innovation promises cheaper, lighter solar cells

Solar cells could, one day, be painted onto surfaces, thanks to new nanoparticles

Energy June 11, 2014

Tin-made solar cells are cost effective alternative to lead

Solar cells made of tin could revolutionize the renewable energy industry. This is the story of how they work.

Energy May 7, 2014

Scientists develop greener solar cells using tin instead of lead

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

New IPCC report on climate change suggests solutions: Are renewable energy sources up to the task?

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

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