How a few tweaks revived near-dead solar tech

Researchers had all but given up on emerging organic solar cell technology, but chemical tweaks brought them back from the brink. Here's how it worked.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

Thin films could make solar panels better and cheaper

A new kind of semiconductor made from barium zirconium sulfide instead of silicon could pave the way for better solar panels, LEDs, and sensors.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Dec. 26, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electronics led materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

Upgrade makes perovskite solar cells last and last

A new way to produce perovskite solar cells using inorganic ingredients limits their defects and lets them last for months.

Mike Williams-Rice | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology lead materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

Tougher organic solar cells stand up to water, air, and light

A new method can make organic solar cells more robust and weather-resistant.

Karl Greenberg-NYU | May 5, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment light renewable-energy solar-cells water

Home batteries can sap your solar system’s value

Putting solar panels on your roof is probably a good investment, no matter where you live. But adding a home battery may do more harm than good.

Mark Golden-Stanford | April 16, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment batteries electricity money renewable-energy solar-cells

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