Artificial Butterfly Wing Material To Improve Solar Panels

Published on October 18th, 2012 | by

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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 […]

Largest Solar Plant In Latin America Receiving 40 MW Of Solar PV Modules From Yingli Solar

Published on October 15th, 2012 | by

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One of the leading solar energy companies in the world, Yingli Green Energy, recently announced that the company is supplying 40 MW of photovoltaic modules for a new solar power plant that will be the largest in Latin America when completed. The solar plant the PV panels are being provided for was developed by Gestamp […]

Walking on Sunshine (Video)

Published on October 15th, 2012 | by

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Isn’t this a great solar-related song? Maybe we’ll start a Music Mondays series with this one. Thanks to Solar Power World for the share.

Thin Film Solar Cell Degradation Prevented with New Method

Published on October 13th, 2012 | by

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The Laboratory for Photovoltaics at the University of Luxembourg has recently devised a new method to observe the causes of and prevent solar cell degradation before solar cell production is even finished. This will have huge effects on the solar cell manufacturing industry because of how fast chemical damage to solar cells can happen, and […]

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

Published on October 12th, 2012 | by

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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 […]

New High-Voltage Solar Cell Makes Solar-Powered Electronics More Feasible

Published on October 12th, 2012 | by

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A new, relatively high-voltage solar cell that can charge the li-ion batteries of portable electronics such as e-book readers and cellphones in partial shade has been created by the University of Warwick and Molecular Solar. This type of solar cell is called an organic solar cell, plastic solar cell, or organic photovoltaic cell (OPV). Professor Tim […]

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

Published on October 12th, 2012 | by

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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 […]

Black Silicon Solar Cell Efficiency Doubled

Published on October 10th, 2012 | by

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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 […]