Nanotechnology paves way for intelligent solar cells

Researchers at Tufts University School of Engineering have created light-activated composite devices able to execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes without the need for wires or other actuating materials or energy sources. The design combines programmable photonic crystals with an elastomeric composite that can be engineered at the macro and nano scale Read more about Nanotechnology paves way for intelligent solar cells[…]

Efficient solar cells under analysis prediction

North Carolina State University-led researchers have developed an analytical measurement “framework” which could allow organic solar cell researchers and manufacturers to determine which materials will produce the most stable solar cells prior to manufacture. Organic solar cells have increased in efficiency over the past decades, but researchers and manufacturers still struggle with determining which material Read more about Efficient solar cells under analysis prediction[…]

Novel breakthrough in solar harvesting technology

With the recent development of foldable mobile phone screens, research on foldable electronics has never been so intensive. One particularly useful application of the foldable technology is in solar panels. Current solar cells are restricted to rigid, flat panels, which are difficult to store in large numbers and integrate into everyday appliances, including phones, windows, Read more about Novel breakthrough in solar harvesting technology[…]

New nanocomposite material to increase solar cell efficiency

A new method for constructing special solar cells could significantly increase their efficiency. Not only are the cells made up of thin layers, they also consist of specifically arranged nanoblocks. This has been shown in a new study by an international research team led by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), which was published in Read more about New nanocomposite material to increase solar cell efficiency[…]

A new smart technology that can help utility companies better serve communities

In a new study, researchers from Texas A&M University and industry have designed a smart technology that can help utility companies better serve communities affected by blackouts. The researchers said their single device works by improving energy delivery between home solar-power systems and the electrical grid. “Our innovation lets solar energy consumers be less dependent Read more about A new smart technology that can help utility companies better serve communities[…]

Renewable energy transition makes sense

Making the transition to a renewable energy future will have environmental and long-term economic benefits and is possible in terms of energy return on energy invested (EROI), UNSW Sydney researchers have found. Their research, published in the international journal Ecological Economics recently, disproves the claim that a transition to large-scale renewable energy technologies and systems will damage Read more about Renewable energy transition makes sense[…]

Approaches to end of life management for solar photovoltaic modules

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have conducted the first global assessment into the most promising approaches to end-of-life management for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. PV modules have a 30-year lifespan. There is currently no plan for how to manage this at end of their lifespan. The volume of modules no longer needed Read more about Approaches to end of life management for solar photovoltaic modules[…]

Research opens path for new home solar technology

Solar cell researchers at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales working with chemists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States have created a highly efficient and long-lasting solar-flow battery, which is a way to generate, store, and redeliver renewable electricity from the sun in one device. The new device Read more about Research opens path for new home solar technology[…]

Biosolar cells to produce more energy

By combining light-collecting and photosynthesis proteins of different types, more energy can be produced. Potential sources of renewable energy include protein complexes that are responsible for photosynthesis. However, their efficiency in technical applications still leaves much to be desired. For example, they cannot convert green light into energy. A research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) Read more about Biosolar cells to produce more energy[…]

Renewable fuel from carbon dioxide with the aid of solar energy

Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are attempting to convert carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to fuel using energy from sunlight. Recent results have shown that it is possible to use their technique to selectively produce methane, carbon monoxide or formic acid from carbon dioxide and water. The study has been published in ACS Nano. Plants convert Read more about Renewable fuel from carbon dioxide with the aid of solar energy[…]

Solar cell fabrication process speed up by 3D printing

Tests on new designs for next-gen solar cells can now be done in hours instead of days thanks to a new system built by scientists at Australia’s Monash University, incorporating 3D-printed key components. The machine can analyse 16 sample perovskite-based solar cells simultaneously, in parallel, dramatically speeding up the process. The invention means that the Read more about Solar cell fabrication process speed up by 3D printing[…]

World-first design optimises solar chimney for both energy saving and fire safety

A must-have in green building design, solar chimneys can slash energy costs up to 50%. Now research reveals they could also help save lives in a building fire. In a world-first, researchers designed a solar chimney optimised for both energy saving and fire safety, as part of the sustainable features of a new building in Read more about World-first design optimises solar chimney for both energy saving and fire safety[…]