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Scientists Develop Ultra-Thin Solar Cells with Increased Flexibility

Scientists Develop Ultra-Thin Solar Cells with Increased Flexibility

A team of scientists in South Korea has developed ultra-thin photovoltaics with flexibility that is sufficient enough to wrap around the average pencil. The bendy solar cells have the potential to power wearable electronics such as smart glasses and fitness trackers. The results have been reported in Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing. [More]
MIT Researchers Make Significant Inroads Toward Improving Perovskites’ Performance

MIT Researchers Make Significant Inroads Toward Improving Perovskites’ Performance

Perovskites are a group of compounds that can be made into thin films with many potential optical and electronic properties. In the past few years, these compounds have been a subject of intense research. [More]
Photonic Crystals Could Improve Absolute Solar Cell Efficiency

Photonic Crystals Could Improve Absolute Solar Cell Efficiency

Solar cells turn sunlight into electricity, but they’re only about 20 percent efficient. Much of the leftover energy turns into heat, which actually harms the solar cell. [More]
External Pressure Could Increase Voltages of Perovskite Solar Cells

External Pressure Could Increase Voltages of Perovskite Solar Cells

Solar cells made of artificial crystalline structures called perovskites have shown great promise in recent years. Now Stanford University scientists have found that applying pressure can change the properties of these inexpensive materials and how they respond to light. [More]
Researchers Analyze Competition among Halogen Atoms to Improve Efficiency of Perovskite-Based Solar Cells

Researchers Analyze Competition among Halogen Atoms to Improve Efficiency of Perovskite-Based Solar Cells

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a potential path to further improve solar cell efficiency by understanding the competition among halogen atoms during the synthesis of sunlight-absorbing crystals. [More]
Scientists Use X-rays to Observe How Silver Contacts are Formed in Solar Cells

Scientists Use X-rays to Observe How Silver Contacts are Formed in Solar Cells

The silver electrical contacts that carry electricity out of about 90 percent of the solar modules on the market are also one of their most expensive parts. Now scientists from two Department of Energy national laboratories have used X-rays to observe exactly how those contacts form during manufacturing. [More]
New Lighting Technology Shows Promise for Developing Flexible and Low-Cost Solar Cells, LED Lighting Panels

New Lighting Technology Shows Promise for Developing Flexible and Low-Cost Solar Cells, LED Lighting Panels

European scientists have successfully developed future lighting technology commercially ready. The breakthrough is the result of more than three years of dedicated research. The team created flexible lighting foils, which can be produced in a roll-to-roll fashion, similar to the way newspapers are printed. These devices hold the potential to develop low-cost LED lighting panels and solar cells. [More]
Researchers Improve the Maximum Voltage Available from CdTe Solar Cell

Researchers Improve the Maximum Voltage Available from CdTe Solar Cell

A milestone study in solar cell fabrication was conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in partnership with Washington State University (WSU) and the University of Tennessee. This research will facilitate the use of solar energy to directly contend with electricity generated from traditional energy sources. [More]
Heraeus Photovoltaics Heraeus Opens Front-side Metallization Paste Production in Taiwan

Heraeus Photovoltaics Heraeus Opens Front-side Metallization Paste Production in Taiwan

Heraeus Photovoltaics, the worldwide leading supplier of metallization solutions to the PV industry, today announced it would begin manufacturing front-side metallization paste in Taipei, Taiwan as part of its continuing expansion in the region. [More]
Simple Solvent Enables Easy Manufacture of Ultrathin Films for Solar Cells

Simple Solvent Enables Easy Manufacture of Ultrathin Films for Solar Cells

Researchers have discovered that the manufacturing time for ultrathin BHL films can be significantly reduced by the addition of a simple solvent. [More]