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Mass Production of Flexible Organic Solar Panels with Reel-to-Reel Printing Methods

Mass Production of Flexible Organic Solar Panels with Reel-to-Reel Printing Methods

Researchers at the VTT Technical Centre of Finland have developed a new mass production method for flexible organic solar panels, based on traditional printing technology. The possibility of easily producing flexible solar panels offers a whole range of new design possibilities, with the solar panels offering aesthetic value for both the interior and exterior of buildings. [More]
Graphene Demonstrates Potential for Efficient Light-to-Electricity Conversion

Graphene Demonstrates Potential for Efficient Light-to-Electricity Conversion

Researchers at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), along with their collaborators have demonstrated the ability of graphene to convert a single photon into multiple electrons that possess energy that is sufficient enough for driving an electrical current. The team used an advanced spectroscopic method for this demonstration. This discovery holds great promise for development of future photovoltaic devices. [More]
Multiplication of Electrical Charges in Single Molecules Could Lead to More Efficient Solar Cells

Multiplication of Electrical Charges in Single Molecules Could Lead to More Efficient Solar Cells

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Columbia University have collaborated to develop solar cell polymers that have multiplied electrical output. [More]
New Research into Photoactive Quantum Dots Improves Efficiency of Solar Energy Conversion

New Research into Photoactive Quantum Dots Improves Efficiency of Solar Energy Conversion

Researchers from the University of Oregon (UO) have conducted a spectroscopy experiment by illuminating four laser light pulses on nanoparticle photocells. This new research, which has been published in the Nature Communications journal, has provided an insight into the mechanism of converting captured sunlight into electricity. [More]
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]