Researchers in England say rows of cylindrical aluminium studs can help thin-film solar panels extract more energy from sunlight than those with flat surfaces.
Alta Devices says its gallium arsenide thin-film solar cells could provide virtually limitless power for unmanned aerial vehicles, while adding “practically no weight.”
First Solar says the financing is now in place to build Australia’s biggest utility-scale PV plants, one 102 megawatts, the other 53.
UCLA researchers say they’ve nearly doubled the efficiency of their transparent solar film, making it more viable for windows, smartphones and who knows what.
Creation of the thinnest, most efficient absorber of visible light on record could lead to less-expensive and more-efficient solar cells, Stanford scientists believe.
Solar cells 1 nanometer thick, stacked atop each other, could be the ticket to the lightest ultrathin cells ever, MIT researchers say.
As part of its emphasis on using high-efficiency thin-film cells for mobile power, Alta Devices shows of a flexible military charging mat.