Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material

Reducing internal losses could pave the way to low-cost perovskite-based photovoltaics that match silicon cells’ output.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~9 min

Covid-19 shutdown led to increased solar power output

As the air cleared after lockdowns, solar installations in Delhi produced 8 percent more power, study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Maria Zuber on climate change: “Breakthroughs will happen”

MIT’s vice president for research identifies three areas that show particular promise for climate action.

MIT Resource Department • mit
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

Photovoltaic-powered sensors for the “internet of things”

RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions, and communicate at greater distances.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 27, 2019 ~8 min

Study: Even short-lived solar panels can be economically viable

Research shows that, contrary to accepted rule of thumb, a 10- or 15-year lifetime can be good enough.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 19, 2019 ~8 min

Tackling greenhouse gases

Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing technologies that store, capture, convert, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

Mary Beth O'Leary | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
Jan. 7, 2019 ~19 min

“Sun in a box” would store renewable energy for the grid

Design for system that provides solar- or wind-generated power on demand should be cheaper than other leading options.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 5, 2018 ~10 min

How to assess new solar technologies | MIT News

MIT analysis shows when and where advanced photovoltaics would be economic to install.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 30, 2018 ~7 min

Engineers turn plastic insulator into heat conductor | MIT News

Technique could prevent overheating of laptops, mobile phones, and other electronics.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 30, 2018 ~8 min

New technique allows rapid screening for new types of solar cells | MIT News

Approach could bypass the time-consuming steps currently needed to test new photovoltaic materials.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 20, 2017 ~7 min