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The National Institute for Materials Science has developed a method for manufacturing perovskite materials with a wider absorption spectrum, enhancing efficiency compared to conventional methods.
Date: 11/02/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Engineers have combined two promising solar cell materials together for the first time, creating a new platform for LED technology. The team designed a way to embed strongly luminescent nanoparticles called colloidal quantum dots into perovskite.
Date: 07/15/2015
Type: News
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
The research group at the NIMS Photovoltaic Materials Unit achieved 15% energy conversion efficiency in perovskite solar cells for the first time certified at an international public test center.
Date: 06/25/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers have found a way to augment ordinary silicon solar cells with a material called a perovskite.
Date: 02/09/2015
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at the University of Toronto have figured out how to make the process of spray on solar cells both cheap and fast. Light-sensitive dots, so tiny they're invisible to the eye, can be sprayed onto a flexible film and then wrapped on anything with access to sunlight.
Date: 12/30/2014
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Harvard researches released a database of 35,000 organic molecules that are potentially over 10% efficient in converting solar energy into electricity. One thousand of the molecules are potentially over 11% efficient. The database will assist in the search for new organic photovoltaic materials.
Date: 06/27/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers study moths' eyes to solve one of thin-film solar technology's biggest problems: light reflection between films that causes light to be lost before it can be harnessed for energy production.
Date: 05/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Forests of carbon nanotubes are an efficient alternative for platinum electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC), according to new research by collaborators at Rice University and Tsinghua University.
Date: 04/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
University of Arkansas Seal
As part of a larger NSF grant, the University of Arkansas will receive $8.7M over five years to establish two new research centers on campus: the Green Renewable Energy Efficient Nanoplasmonic Solar Cells Center and the Vertically Integrated Center for Transformative Energy Research.
Date: 10/05/2010
Type: News
Technologies: General Information
Lead-sulfide quantum dots
Researchers at the University of Wyoming have demonstrated that quantum dot nanomaterials could be used to create ultra-efficient solar cells that convert more sunlight into electricity than once thought possible.
Date: 09/30/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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