Scientists develops Flexible, solar-powered supercapacitor for wearable electronics

A team led by an Indian-origin scientist has developed a flexible supercapacitor which can generate power from the sun and store excess energy for later use. The technology developed by researchers from the University of Glasgow in the UK could pave the way for a new generation of flexible electronic devices, including solar-powered prosthetics for […]

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High-speed surveillance in solar cells catches recombination red-handed

A research team at Osaka University has developed an improved method for producing microscope images that can spot speedy electrons zipping through nanomaterials used in solar panels. By applying laser light to the device at just the right times, this group achieved nanosecond time resolution for the first time while maintaining the magnification. This work […]

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Xnor.ai Unveils First Battery-free, Solar powered AI Technology

Xnor.ai unveiled its newest innovation – a standalone battery-free, solar-powered AI technology that will enable AI to run in an always-on mode on a range of edge devices. Xnor’s solution, deployed on a hardware device roughly the size of a US quarter is able to intelligently detect visual objects, including people. This breakthrough machine learning […]

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Indian Researchers develops New Way to Measure Solar Panel Degradation

Despite many benefits and relative popularity as a renewable energy source, eventually, the sun does set on even the best solar panels. Over time, solar cells face damage from weather, temperature changes, soiling, and UV exposure. Solar cells also require inspections to maintain cell performance levels and reduce economic losses. So, how does one inspect panels […]

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Concentrator PV Shows Peak Performance – Module Efficiency Reaches 41.4 %

Concentrator Photovoltaics (Concentrator PV) has by far achieved the highest efficiency for the conversion of sunlight into electricity. The basis for this latest achievement lies in the special multi-junction solar cells as well as the perfect interplay between the cell and the module optics. In the EU-funded project CPVMatch, a consortium of research institutions and […]

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New records in perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells through improved light management

Tandem solar cells made of silicon and metal halide perovskite compounds can convert a particularly large portion of the solar spectrum into electrical energy. However, part of the light is reflected and is thus lost for purposes of energy conversion. Using nanostructures, the reflection can be reduced significantly ensuring that the solar cell captures more […]

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IIT-Madras develops a portable solar-powered cold storage device

The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras has developed a portable solar-powered cold storage device with a 500 kg capacity for storing vegetables, and fruits, among other items. The solar-powered cold storage device will help farmers store their produce for sufficient time so that it does not get spoilt before it is sold, thereby preventing wastage of […]

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Largest solar power study to date discovers 25% power loss

Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have undertaken the largest solar power study to date into the effectiveness of solar panels across the UK and discovered that parts of the country are suffering an overall power loss of up to 25% because of the issue of regional ‘hot spots’. Hot spots were also found to […]

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This new material harvests Sun’s heat for cheaper electricity generation

Scientists have developed a material that can be used to harvest electricity from the Sun’s heat, paving the way for generating cheaper solar power on cloudy days and at nighttime. The innovation is an important step for putting solar heat-to-electricity generation in direct cost competition with fossil fuels, researchers said. “Storing solar energy as heat […]

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