Rice University engineers designed and built windowpanes that redirect sunlight or illumination from indoors to edge-band solar cells. The central layer is a conjugated polymer that serves as a waveguide. Credit: Yilin Li/Rice University Rice engineers develop polymer cores that redirect light from any source to solar cells. Rice University […]

The researchers created solar modules that were 5×5 cm2 and 10×10 cm2 – much larger than the 1.5 x 1.5 cm2 ones traditionally made in a lab, but smaller than commercial solar panels. Credit: OIST Perovskites are projected to be a game-changer in future solar technology but currently suffer from a short operational […]

The solar cell created by the team is transparent, allowing its use in a wide range of applications. Credit: Joondong Kim from Incheon National University A new study led by scientists from Incheon National University in Korea shows how to make a fully transparent solar cell. In a new study […]

The schematic structure of the tandem solar cell stack in 3D. Credit: Eike Koehnen/HZB The current world record tandem solar cell provided stable performance for 300 hours – even without encapsulation. An HZB team has published a report in the journal Science on the development of its current world record […]

Organic solar cells are cheaper to produce and more flexible than their counterparts made of crystalline silicon, but do not offer the same level of efficiency or stability. A group of researchers led by Prof. Christoph Brabec, Director of the Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (i-MEET) at […]

Substituting deuterium for hydrogen makes methylammonium heavier and slows its swaying so it can interact with vibrations that remove heat, keeping charge carriers hot longer. Credit: Jill Hemman/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy Led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a study […]

The eco-friendly color CIGS thin film solar cells developed by ETRI researchers. Credit: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) Research on solar cells to secure renewable energy sources are ongoing around the world. The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in South Korea succeeded in developing eco-friendly color Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) […]

Prof. Dr. Peter Müller-Buschbaum (left) and Lennart Reb (right) in the laboratories of the Professorship of Functional Materials at the Technical University of Munich with the payload module “Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells In Space” (OHSCIS) in their hands. Credit: Wei Chen / TUM Almost all satellites are powered by […]

By twisting when excited, some long chains of organic molecules can isolate triplet excitons at opposite ends of the molecule. Credit: NREL In the twisting and turning of long organic molecules, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers have found a promising group of materials for tomorrow’s super-efficient solar cells. In […]

In a step closer to skyscrapers that serve as power sources, a team led by University of Michigan researchers has set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells. The team achieved 8.1% efficiency and 43.3% transparency with an organic, or carbon-based, design rather than conventional silicon. While the […]