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Organic solar cells set to revolutionize renewable energy

Last Updated: Thursday, August 08, 2013, 14:39

Researchers have discovered that manipulating the `spin` of electrons in organic solar cells, a new class of solar cell mimicking the natural process of plant photosynthesis, dramatically improves their performance.

Antifreeze could help pave way for cheaper thin-film solar cells

Last Updated: Friday, July 05, 2013, 19:09

Researchers at Ohio State University are touting a little antifreeze as a key component to a relatively cheap semiconductor material for use in future solar technologies.

Flexible solar cells and displays may be possible with transparent electrode

Last Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 20:20

A new type of transparent electrode that might find uses in solar cells, flexible displays for computers and consumer electronics and future "optoelectronic" circuits for sensors and information processing has been created.

Nanowire solar cells come closer to reality

Last Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013, 20:21

Scientists have shown that a single nanowire can concentrate the sunlight up to 15 times of the normal sun light intensity.

Natural evolution inspires more efficient organic solar cells

Last Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 15:25

A geometrically-patterned light scattering layer designed by McCormick researchers could make solar cells more efficient and less expensive.

Nanowires could pave way for more efficient solar cells

Last Updated: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 12:57

Researchers from Lund University say it really is possible to use nanowires to manufacture more efficient and cheaper solar cells.

Windows could soon generate electricity from solar cells

Last Updated: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10:17

Researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell - an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside.

New solar cells could reduce cost of solar energy by 75%

Last Updated: Sunday, September 02, 2012, 20:58

A new solar technology developed by researchers at RTI International could make solar energy more affordable, and thus speed-up its market adoption.

`Quantum dot` solar cells offer bright future with reliable, low cost energy

Last Updated: Monday, July 30, 2012, 13:03

Researchers have made a breakthrough in the development of colloidal quantum dot (CQD) films, leading to the most efficient CQD solar cell ever.

Now, transparent solar cells that allow windows to generate electricity

Last Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 14:14

UCLA researchers have created a new transparent solar cell – a breakthrough towards giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside.

`Leaf-inspired` wrinkles and twists `may up solar panels` power output`

Last Updated: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 12:42

Researchers have used microscopic folds on the surface of photovoltaic material to considerably increase the power output of flexible, low-cost solar cells.

Scientists create hair thin solar cells

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 18:37

Scientists have created solar cells so thin and flexible that they can be wrapped around a single strand of human hair.