New energy conversion layer for biosolar cells
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Bochum, Germany (SPX) Dec 22, 2020 A research team from the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum (RUB), together with colleagues from Lisbon, has produced a semi-artificial electrode that could convert light energy into other forms of energy in biosolar cells. The technique is based on the photosynthesis protein Photosystem I from cyanobacteria. The group showed that they could […]

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New blended solar cells yield high power conversion efficiencies
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Hiroshima, Japan (SPX) Dec 14, 2020 Researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan have blended together various polymer and molecular semiconductors as photo-absorbers to create a solar cell with increased power efficiencies and electricity generation. These types of solar cells, known as organic photovoltaics (OPV), are devices that generate electricity when light is incident upon their […]

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How do Solar cells work?
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In the last two decades the contribution of solar energy to the world’s total energy supply has grown significantly. This video will show how solar cell or photovoltaic cell produce electricity. Check out this interesting video from New Physicist to learn more about PV cells – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfP5YdJn-c4 Be a Learn Engineering supporter or contributor : […]

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New strategy to 'buffer' climate change: developing cheaper, eco-friendly solar cells
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Incheon, South Korea (SPX) Nov 12, 2020 Solar power is an eco-friendly alternative to conventional, non-renewable sources of energy. However, current solar panels require the use of toxic materials as buffers, which is not sustainable. To this end, a team of scientists in Korea developed a new eco-friendly alternative, called the ZTO buffer, which can […]

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Solar cells of the future
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Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Nov 04, 2020 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) […]

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Powering the future: new insights into how alkali-metal doped flexible solar cells work
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Gwangju, South Korea (SPX) Oct 28, 2020 “When eco-friendly, inexpensive, versatile, and efficient solar cells are developed, all thermal and nuclear power plants will disappear, and solar cells installed over the ocean or in outer space will power our world,” says Professor Dong-Seon Lee of the Gwangju Institute Of Science And Technology in Korea. His […]

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Light on efficiency loss in organic solar cells
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Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 28, 2020 Insight into energy losses that affect the conversion of light into electricity could help enhance organic solar cell efficiencies. A KAUST-led team of organic chemists, materials engineers, spectroscopists and theoretical physicists from six research groups has extensively evaluated efficiency-limiting processes in organic photovoltaic systems. To harvest light, cutting-edge […]

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Highly efficient perovskite solar cells with enhanced stability and minimised lead leakage
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Hong Kong (SPX) Sep 22, 2020 While the power conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells (PVSCs) – a future of solar cells – has already greatly improved in the past decade, the problems of instability and potential environmental impact are yet to be overcome. Recently, scientists from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have developed […]

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New understanding of electrolyte additives will improve dye-sensitised solar cells
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Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Sep 04, 2020 Dye-sensitised solar cells used in low-light conditions could perform more consistently thanks to improved understanding of the role additives play in optimising electrolytes. Laptops and mobile phones, among other devices, could be charged or powered indoors, away from direct sunlight, using dye-sensitised solar cells (DSCs), which have achieved efficiencies […]

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