A new heat-resistant thermal emitter could open the possibility of much more efficient thermophotovoltaic systems, which turn heat into power.
An Australian solar-printing initiative has gone from printing fingernail-sized cells to ones nearly a foot wide wide, giving rise to a range of possible uses.
The big winner at the MIT Clean Energy Prize competition was Picasolar and its cost-lowering, efficiency-boosting selective emitter application for solar cells.
The solar-to-fuel dream lives on, as the “artificial leaf” team outlines a path to efficiencies that could make the technology viable.
Could layers of transparent solar cells allow mobile devices to gather ambient energy throughout the day?
For the first time, a silicon-based optical fiber with solar-cell capabilities has been developed that has been shown to be scalable to many meters in length.
Looking to reduce costs, researchers in Switzerland successfully use a semiconductor based on iron oxide (yep, rust) in their photoelectrochemical water-splitting device.
Stanford researchers say they’ve made the first all-carbon solar cell – now they just need to work on that 1 percent efficiency issue.
Its purpose is shrouded in mystery but we do know one thing about the U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane, which flew back to Earth recently after a 15-month stint in orbit — it runs on solar.
Scientists at Stanford University have come up with a system to help blind people see again using retinal implants that operate like tiny solar cells.