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10 New SunShot Winners Announced

A total of fifty-four startups have participated in the SunShot Incubator program since it began back in 2007, and 10 new startups have joined the seventh incubator program launched this month. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, who funds the program, “the Incubator program provides early-stage assistance to help startup companies cross technological barriers to […]

November 27th

New Solar Technology Creates Steam Without Boiling Water

  A revolutionary new way to create steam simply by using sunlight has been discovered by researchers. The method is able to bring an entire container of fluid to boiling point, even a container of icy cold water. The new method has many potentially very useful applications. These include the creation of very inexpensive and […]

November 21st

New High-Efficiency Quantum Dot Solar Cells Developed

The first solar cell with an external quantum efficiency (EQE) that exceeds 100 percent for photons with energies in the solar range has been created. With these new solar cells, every blue photon that is absorbed can generate up to 30 percent more current than with current technologies. The external quantum efficiency is the measure […]

October 27th

Solar Battery Charger from Ascent Solar & CTC GmbH

There are a lot of solar battery chargers out there. But here’s a new one from Ascent Solar and CTC GmbH: Portable Automotive Solar Battery Charger Announced (via Clean Technica) Here’s a new solar-powered consumer tech product to check out. The new Solab autonomous thin-film solar battery charger is the byproduct of a collaboration between Ascent Solar […]

October 19th

Bandgap Engineering Aims To Double Solar Cell Power Generation Using Nanowires

Two times more solar cell power generation? Well, that would be something, wouldn’t it! Here’s more info from CleanTechnica: Startup Hopes to Double the Power of Solar (via Clean Technica)   A Massachusetts start-up called Bandgap Engineering is aiming to double the power generation of solar cells using nanowires. Already, the company says it has achieved […]

October 19th

New “Smart” Solar Modules Unveiled by Upsolar

Upsolar yesterday unveiled that it has created new “smart modules” with the help of Tigo Energy. Reportedly, these are the first smart modules to be certified by TÜV Rheinland PTL for Europe and North America. The new smart modules are good for residential, commercial, or utility-scale solar installations.

October 18th

Artificial Butterfly Wing Material To Improve Solar Panels

A new material designed to emulate many of the qualities of a butterfly’s wing has been developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Created primarily through the use of lasers, the ‘wafer’ can mimic the iridescent colors of butterfly’s wings, and is also water-proof. The researchers used holographic lithography to create the […]

October 18th

Black Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency Raised to 18.2% by NREL Scientists

Black-silicon solar cells with 18.2% efficiency have been created by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). These don’t need extra anti-reflection layers (like typical solar cells do), which should help to significantly lower the cost of solar energy. The specially designed nanostructured surface ensures that the light-generated electricity is […]

October 12th

Nano-Flowers Could Help Create Next-Gen Energy Storage & Solar Cells

Nano-flowers, newly created structures composed of germanium sulfide (GeS), have the potential to open the door to next-generation solar cells and energy storage devices. These ‘flowers’, created by researchers from North Carolina State University out of a semiconducting material, feature an enormous surface area, thanks to being covered in many extremely thin petals. “Creating these […]

October 12th

Black Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency Doubled

While conventional solar cells can absorb a good portion of the Sun’s light, they completely miss the boat on getting anything from the infrared spectrum. But black silicon solar cells are actually designed exactly for this. A group of researchers from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft institute in Germany have recently succeeded in doubling solar cell efficiency of black silicon solar […]

October 10th