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Copying Structures from Spider Webs and Leaves Boosts Performance of Optoelectronic Materials

Copying Structures from Spider Webs and Leaves Boosts Performance of Optoelectronic Materials

A research team has reported that optoelectronic networks inspired by natural structures like leaves and spider webs perform four times as well as conventional designs. [More]
Researchers Spray Solar Cells onto Flexible Surfaces Using Colloidal Quantum Dots

Researchers Spray Solar Cells onto Flexible Surfaces Using Colloidal Quantum Dots

Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a new method which uses colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces. This invention is a major advancement towards the production of low-cost spray-on solar cells. [More]
Scientists Successfully Observe Light Propagation in Solar Cells

Scientists Successfully Observe Light Propagation in Solar Cells

Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich have used a new method to successfully study light propagation inside a solar cell directly. [More]
Researchers Use Compressed Sensing to Detect Photovoltaic Cell Defects

Researchers Use Compressed Sensing to Detect Photovoltaic Cell Defects

National Physical Laboratory (NPL) researchers have designed a new technique for identifying the defective areas in photovoltaic (PV) cells with the help of ‘compressed sensing’, PV cells or solar panels are being widely employed with the increasing demand for sustainable solutions and reducing costs. Effective characterization of PV cells is a critical parameter in the quality control process during the manufacture of these cells. [More]
Quasi-Random Pattern of Blu-Ray Discs Could Enhance Light Absorption of Solar Cells

Quasi-Random Pattern of Blu-Ray Discs Could Enhance Light Absorption of Solar Cells

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Northwestern University have discovered that Blu-ray discs could also help improve solar cell performance. These discs have a quasi-random pattern for data storage. When this pattern is transferred to solar cells it can increase the light absorption capacity of these cells. [More]
EPFL Researchers Create Few-Atom Wide Electrical Channel with 2D Insulating Materials

EPFL Researchers Create Few-Atom Wide Electrical Channel with 2D Insulating Materials

EPFL researchers have showed that a few-atom wide electrical channel can be created within 2D insulating materials. The simulations open new areas for producing new photovoltaic and electronic devices. [More]
New Technique to Develop Affordable and Highly Efficient Polymer Solar Cells

New Technique to Develop Affordable and Highly Efficient Polymer Solar Cells

An international research team from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and North Carolina State University has discovered that high-efficient organic solar cells can be produced cost-effectively and in large quantities by applying temperature-dependent aggregation in semi-conducting polymers. The study was published in Nature Communications. [More]
Glass-Coated Silicon Fibres Enable Cheaper Solar Cells

Glass-Coated Silicon Fibres Enable Cheaper Solar Cells

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have developed solar cells made of silicon fibres coated in glass, which require 90% less silicon for production and can function with 1000 times less pure silicon than conventional versions. [More]

CPI Collaborate in the Roll to Roll Production of Large Area Flexible Photovoltaics

Flexible organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells over 6m long and 50cm wide have been produced by a recent pan European collaborative research and development project named “FabriGen“. The project, which involved... [More]
EPFL Researchers Create Perovskite Solar Cells with Astounding Solar Conversion Efficiency

EPFL Researchers Create Perovskite Solar Cells with Astounding Solar Conversion Efficiency

EPFL researchers have succeeded in combining perovskite solar cells and nickel iron catalysts to obtain an amazing 12.3% solar to hydrogen efficiency. [More]
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