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Researchers at Cornell University are using dye molecules found in blue jeans to assemble a covalent organic framework (COF) to produce cheaper and more flexible solar cells. The molecules can also absorb almost the entire solar spectrum, potentially resulting in better solar cell efficiency.
Date: 07/01/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
Photonic engineers at Yale University are mimicking the crystal nanostructures of scales on butterfly wings to create more efficient solar cells and optical devices.
Date: 06/14/2010
Type: News
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
Solar cells.
A new technique may one day lead to solar cells that bring themselves together like a molecular flash mob and repair damage they sustain during the rough business of turning light into electricity.
Date: 09/05/2010
California based company BioSolar introduces bio based plastics to be used as an alternative to petroleum based plastics in solar photovoltaic manufacturing.
Date: 11/24/2009
Type: News
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
Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a new nanostructure--nanopillars--that could absorb up to 99% of visible light in solar cells.
Date: 07/16/2010
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
Researchers at Caltech have designed materials that can bend visible light at precise angles regardless of its polarization. These materials could improve transparent solar-cell coatings so that solar cells can more fully utilize sunlight.
Date: 04/28/2010
Type: News

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