Scientists shows how next gen perovskite solar cells can capture more electricity

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) in a collaboration with the University of Groningen (UG) in the Netherlands, have developed a method to analyse which pairs of materials in next-generation perovskite solar cells will harvest the most energy. In a paper published in Science Advances this week, physicists Professor Sum Tze Chien from NTU and […]

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NASA to send prototype solar-power generator to ISS

An Israeli developed prototype solar-power generator will be sent by the US space agency NASA to the International Space Station, Ben Gurion University (BGU) in southern Israel announced on Monday. The new generator offers a major step forward for private commercial space missions, as the private space market is a rapidly growing billion-dollar industry with […]

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Solar power technology may kill cancer cells

Researchers have discovered a way to detect and attack cancer cells using technology traditionally reserved for solar power. The results, published in the Scientific Reports, showcases dramatic improvements in light-activated fluorescent dyes for disease diagnosis, image-guided surgery, and site-specific tumour treatment. “We’ve tested this concept in breast, lung cancer and skin cancer cell lines and […]

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Scientists develops way to better harness energy collected by solar panels

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a way to better harness the volume of energy collected by solar panels. In the study published in the journal ‘IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology,’ the researchers developed an algorithm that increases the efficiency of the solar photovoltaic (PV) system and reduces the volume of power […]

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IIT Hyderabad develops low-cost, eco-friendly solar cells using ‘kumkum dye’

Scientists at IIT Hyderabad have developed low-cost, environment-friendly solar cells by employing an off-the-shelf dye used to make kumkum or vermilion in India. The dye-sensitised solar cell (DSSC) is based on New Fuchsin (NF) dye with aqueous electrolyte and platinum-free counter electrodes, according to the research published in the Solar Energy journal. The most familiar […]

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IIT Hyderabad improves solar cell efficiency using magnetic field

Researchers at IIT Hyderabad have developed a novel process to improve the performance of third generation solar cells using magnetic field. Working with dye sensitised solar cells (DSSC), they have shown that the incorporation of magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4) in the anode can enhance light-to-power conversion efficiencies.  Anode is the positively charged electrode by which the electrons leave an electrical device.  There is much promise […]

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Just like toothpaste: fluoride radically improves the stability of perovskite solar cells

Researchers from the TU/e have discovered that adding a small amount of fluoride to perovskite solar cells significantly increases their stability. Solar cells made of perovskite hold much promise for the future of solar energy. The material is cheap, easy to produce and almost as efficient as silicon, the material traditionally used in solar cells. […]

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Innovative 3D Solar Cell may be future of Renewable Energy

An innovative 3D solar-cell design with a radically different architecture which drives down the costs of cell manufacture may define the future of renewable energy as it potentially reduces optical losses within a device, according to UK scientists. The scientists at the University of Sheffield and energy technology company Power Roll in the UK have […]

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Caffeine can make traditional solar cells more efficient: Scientists

A team of scientists has discovered that caffeine can be a promising alternative in making traditional solar cells more efficient at converting light to electricity. According to the scientists, it all began as a joke over morning coffee. “One day, as we were discussing perovskite solar cells, our colleague said, ‘If we need coffee to […]

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URI students develop acoustic device to detect whales near offshore wind farm

A group of six ocean engineering students at the University of Rhode Island has developed an acoustic device that successfully detects the sounds made by whales and other marine mammals in the vicinity of the Block Island Wind Farm. The invention was created for the students’ senior capstone design class, a yearlong project that requires […]

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