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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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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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