Clear solar cells hit an all-time efficiency record

Rather than having skyscraper windows reflect light and waste energy, transparent solar cells could turn them into power sources for buildings.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability solar-cells buildings renewable-energy glass featured earth-and-environment transparency

‘Artificial leaf’ splits water to make sustainable power

"What we have is an integrated module that turns sunlight into electricity that drives an electrochemical reaction. It utilizes water and sunlight to get chemical fuels."

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability solar-cells water electricity light hydrogen science-and-technology

Next gen solar cells can handle 390-degree heat

"Our perovskite solar cells show no thermal degradation even at 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) for over three days..."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

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

A little heat can fix cracks in perovskite films

Perovskites are in line to replace pricey silicon solar cells, but they break easily. Good news: a little heat can completely heal cracks.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Dec. 30, 2019 ~6 min

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

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 • futurity
Dec. 26, 2019 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~3 min

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

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 • futurity
May 5, 2019 ~5 min

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

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 • futurity
April 16, 2019 ~6 min

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

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