Tags: solar innovation

Perovskite solar cell: interface makes the difference

Perovskite-based solar cells are the fastest-advancing solar technology to date. Since they were first used in 2009, perovskite solar cells have achieved high efficiencies (over 22% under standard solar irradiation) at low production costs. Although most of the perovskite components are optimized, there’s still room for improvement. Especially in reference to the Hole Transport Materials […]

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Stability of solar cells in near space tested

Chinese researchers have found that solar cells can retain most of their power conversion efficiency in near space, providing perspectives on the cells’ future application in space. Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are known for their potential of achieving higher efficiency and low production costs compared to traditional silicon solar cells. These cells also have great […]

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Scientists develops solar-powered device that creates water from thin air

In a “breakthrough”, scientists have developed a novel solar-powered harvesting system that absorbs moisture from the air and converts it into clean, usable water. The technology, described in the journal Advanced Materials, could be used in disaster situations, water crises or poverty-stricken areas and developing countries. It relies on hydrogels, gel-polymer hybrid materials designed to […]

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Scientists develops simple, inexpensive frame that can boost solar cell efficiency

Scientists have designed a metal frame that increases the amount of sunlight captured by a solar cell, enhancing its energy production by almost one-third. The simple, inexpensive and ingenious method could increase solar energy captured for people in developing countries, as well as remote regions that are off the grid, researchers said. “In Uganda, between […]

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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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Watch: this 75 year old woman using solar power to grill corns

Selvamma, a 75 year old vendor in Bengaluru who has been selling roasted corns for a living for 20 years now , has now switched to solar to prepare this delicacy. Selvamma has been setting up her stall outside the Vidhana Soudha (State Legislative Assembly) building. Earlier, she would use the traditional method of roasting […]

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Cygni Energy, IIT Madras start-up lighting up villages in remote areas of India

Solar DC Inverterless Technology, pioneered by researchers at Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M), is lighting up homes in remote parts of the country which are beyond the reach of electricity grids. Cygni Energy Private Limited, an innovative Solar-DC solutions startup that was incubated by the Rural Technology Business Incubator (RTBI) of IIT Madras, […]

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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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Organic Photovoltaic Greenhouse Innovation bags Go Green in the City 2018 award

Schneider Electric announced the winning team of Go Green in the City 2018, its international student case study competition focusing on innovative energy solutions for smart cities. Zvirevo Chisadza and Tariro Cynthia Mutsindikwa of Team Latent Innovations from the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences in Algeria created a new Organic Photovoltaic Greenhouse System […]

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