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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]
HeraeusPhotovoltaics and SAS Sunrise Collaborate on Metallization Paste Research for PERC Cells

HeraeusPhotovoltaics and SAS Sunrise Collaborate on Metallization Paste Research for PERC Cells

Heraeus Photovoltaics, the worldwide leading supplier of metallization solutions to the PV industry, today announced a joint development agreement with Sunrise Global Solar Energy (part of Sino-American Silicon Products Inc./SAS), a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced photovoltaic solar energy products. Under the terms of the joint development agreement, the two companies will collaborate on research efforts the design and formulation of front-side metallization pastes for high efficiency passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) solar cells. [More]
X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Helps Probe Trapping Dynamics of Photogenerated Electrons

X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Helps Probe Trapping Dynamics of Photogenerated Electrons

Scientists at EPFL have successfully used X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to determine the electronic dynamics of photovoltaic materials. They have examined the trapping dynamics demonstrated by photogenerated electrons in titanium dioxide material. [More]
Study Results Pave Way for CIGS Solar Cells with Improved Conversion Efficiency

Study Results Pave Way for CIGS Solar Cells with Improved Conversion Efficiency

The structure of a zinc-based buffer layer in a copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) solar cell has been determined. Knowing the buffer layer's structure has allowed the research team to identify a method of increasing solar cell efficiency. [More]