Stock photo depicting a flexible solar cell. Scientists from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research and RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science have succeeded, in collaboration with international partners, in creating an ultrathin organic solar cell that is both highly efficient and durable. Using a simple post-annealing process, they created […]

Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) achieved a technological breakthrough for solar cells previously thought impossible. The scientists successfully integrated an aluminum source into their hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) reactor, then demonstrated the growth of the semiconductors aluminum indium phosphide (AlInP) and aluminum gallium indium phosphide (AlGaInP) […]

Freestanding Microwire-Array Enables Flexible Solar Windows TSCs are emerging devices that combine the advantages of visible transparency and light-to-electricity conversion. One of the valuable prospective applications of such devices is their integration into buildings, vehicles, or portable electronics. Therefore, color-perception and flexibility are important as well as the efficiency. Currently, […]

Engineers have characterized the thermal energy conversion mechanism in the lattice of an advanced nanomaterial called chalcogenide perovskite and demonstrated its ‘tunability’ — important for its potential use in solar energy generation. For solar cells to be widely used in the coming decades, researchers must resolve two major challenges: increasing […]

PHOTOGRAPH: QILAI SHEN/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES Solar power is increasingly available around the clock as energy storage become more affordable. Todd Karin was prepared when California’s largest utility shut off power to millions of people to avoid the risk of wildfireslast month. He’s got rooftop solar panels connected to a single Tesla Powerwall in his […]