Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created a solar cell using colloidal quantum dots, which achieved 13.4% conversion efficiency – a new world record for this emerging technology.
Fossilized Diatoms, an algae that has the ability to manipulate light, are being used to solve a design problem that has long plagued the proliferation of organic solar cells. The diatoms can be found in all waters and in the bark of trees. They possess a skeleton made of nanostructured silica or glass.
The new solar see through hardware was developed by engineers at Michigan State University, and is seen as a potential energy source which could collect to as much solar power as current traditional rooftop modules.
U.S. based semiconductor manufacturer Microlink Devices has signed an exclusive deal with the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to commercialize a type of lightweight heterojunction solar cell architecture, which could be utilized in powering satellites and aircraft.
A joint group of researchers from South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and the Korean Institute of Energy Research has developed a method for increasing the stability of perovskite solar cells using low cost fluorine.
A*Star researchers, in a bid to find an alternative to silicon-based solar cells, are investigating a new material that is more cost-effective and easier to produce that could also lead to more efficient solar cells.
A new photodetector, a device that senses light, has been developed by Physicists at the University of California. The device functions by combining two distinct inorganic materials and producing quantum mechanical processes that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected.