Why is solar power becoming more viable? Because of things like this: First Solar has pushed the efficiency of its cadmium-telluride cells to a record 20.4 percent.
New research suggests that plant material could play a role in producing truly green solar cells – for one thing, you might be able to recycle them in water.
The U.S. is offering up $12 million in new research funding aimed at bringing solar cell efficiencies closer to the “Shockley-Queisser Limit.”
U.S. Naval Research Lab scientists and collaborators says a new triple-junction solar cell could break the 50 percent conversion efficiency barrier.
Pointing to bacteria that live a mile below the ocean surface, scientists say quantum scale photosynthesis in biological systems could hold a key to new solar energy designs.
That 44 percent solar efficiency record? It took government and private enterprise working together to make it happen.
Stanford researchers say they’ve made the first all-carbon solar cell – now they just need to work on that 1 percent efficiency issue.