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Breaking barriers in solar energy

Breaking barriers in solar energy

Stop for a moment and imagine an efficient highway system. No need to jockey for position, no choke-point merging from three lanes into one, no long idles at ill-timed traffic lights, no rolling roadblocks as the motorist ahead of you prepares for a turn that is still five miles away. Regardless of the number of cars, you would know what smooth sailing looks and feels like. That's the life solid-state researchers want for electrons as they work…
Printed Electronics World
Jan 15, 2019
New materials could help improve performance of perovskite solar cells

New materials could help improve performance of perovskite solar cells

Researchers have now developed a way to adjust the properties of the transport layers to encourage the ionic defects within the perovskite to move in such a way that they suppress recombination and lead to more efficient charge extraction - increasing the proportion of the light energy falling on the surface of the cell that can ultimately be used.
Printed Electronics World
Jan 10, 2019
Skanska, Saule Technologies commence revolutionary solar panels test

Skanska, Saule Technologies commence revolutionary solar panels test

Skanska's CEE office unit has begun test-cell implementation in one of their Warsaw office projects. The usage of perovskite technology for zero-energy buildings is just the latest innovation in the developer's sustainable building strategy.
Printed Electronics World
Dec 24, 2018
Engineers break solar cell record

Engineers break solar cell record

Arizona State University researchers continue to break solar cell efficiency records in an effort to harness the sun's energy more economically as a renewable source for electricity.
Printed Electronics World
Dec 18, 2018
Novel approach to perovskite solar cells

Novel approach to perovskite solar cells

A team of chemists are offering novel a approach for the selective layer formation in perovskite solar cells. The molecule assembles itself into a monolayer, which can cover a variety of surfaces and can function as a hole transporting material in a perovskite solar cell. Less and cheaper materials are being used in the process.
Printed Electronics World
Dec 17, 2018
3D imaging technique unlocks properties of perovskite crystals

3D imaging technique unlocks properties of perovskite crystals

A team of materials scientists have, for the first time, visualized the 3D atomic and electron density structure of the most complex perovskite crystal structure system decoded to date.
Printed Electronics World
Dec 3, 2018
New record for organic solar cells

New record for organic solar cells

Materials scientists have achieved a new record in the performance of organic non-fullerene based single-junction solar cells. Using a series of complex optimisations, they achieved certified power conversion efficiency of 12.25 percent on a surface area measuring one square centimetre.
Printed Electronics World
Nov 26, 2018
Record-breaking solar cells get ready for mass production

Record-breaking solar cells get ready for mass production

Sandwiching an oxygen-rich layer of silicon between a solar cell and its metal contact has allowed researchers in Europe to break performance records for the efficiency with which silicon solar cells convert sunlight into electricity. But the challenge now is how to make these so-called passivating contacts suitable for mass production.
Printed Electronics World
Nov 19, 2018
Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells improved with light management

Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells improved with light management

Tandem solar cells made of silicon and metal halide perovskite compounds can convert a particularly large portion of the solar spectrum into electrical energy. However, part of the light is reflected and is thus lost for purposes of energy conversion. Using nanostructures, the reflection can be reduced significantly ensuring that the solar cell captures more light.
Printed Electronics World
Nov 16, 2018
Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

A new fabrication process for transparent ultra-thin silver films has been developed. The material may help build highly efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes. However, traditional chemical methods have not been able to produce ultra-thin and pure silver films.
Printed Electronics World
Oct 26, 2018
IDTechEx TVIDTechEx Show! USA November 14-15, 2018 Event Overview

IDTechEx Show! USA November 14-15, 2018 Event Overview

IDTechEx CEO, Raghu Das gives an overview on what to expect at the IDTechEx Show! next month in Santa Clara.
Printed Electronics World
Jan 15, 2019
New materials could help improve performance of perovskite solar cells

New materials could help improve performance of perovskite solar cells

Researchers have now developed a way to adjust the properties of the transport layers to encourage the ionic defects within the perovskite to move in such a way that they suppress recombination and lead to more efficient charge extraction - increasing the proportion of the light energy falling on the surface of the cell that can ultimately be used.
Printed Electronics World
Dec 24, 2018
Engineers break solar cell record

Engineers break solar cell record

Arizona State University researchers continue to break solar cell efficiency records in an effort to harness the sun's energy more economically as a renewable source for electricity.
Printed Electronics World
Dec 17, 2018
3D imaging technique unlocks properties of perovskite crystals

3D imaging technique unlocks properties of perovskite crystals

A team of materials scientists have, for the first time, visualized the 3D atomic and electron density structure of the most complex perovskite crystal structure system decoded to date.
Printed Electronics World
Nov 26, 2018
Record-breaking solar cells get ready for mass production

Record-breaking solar cells get ready for mass production

Sandwiching an oxygen-rich layer of silicon between a solar cell and its metal contact has allowed researchers in Europe to break performance records for the efficiency with which silicon solar cells convert sunlight into electricity. But the challenge now is how to make these so-called passivating contacts suitable for mass production.
Printed Electronics World
Nov 16, 2018
Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

A new fabrication process for transparent ultra-thin silver films has been developed. The material may help build highly efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes. However, traditional chemical methods have not been able to produce ultra-thin and pure silver films.
Printed Electronics World
Jan 10, 2019
Skanska, Saule Technologies commence revolutionary solar panels test

Skanska, Saule Technologies commence revolutionary solar panels test

Skanska's CEE office unit has begun test-cell implementation in one of their Warsaw office projects. The usage of perovskite technology for zero-energy buildings is just the latest innovation in the developer's sustainable building strategy.
Printed Electronics World
Dec 18, 2018
Novel approach to perovskite solar cells

Novel approach to perovskite solar cells

A team of chemists are offering novel a approach for the selective layer formation in perovskite solar cells. The molecule assembles itself into a monolayer, which can cover a variety of surfaces and can function as a hole transporting material in a perovskite solar cell. Less and cheaper materials are being used in the process.
Printed Electronics World
Dec 3, 2018
New record for organic solar cells

New record for organic solar cells

Materials scientists have achieved a new record in the performance of organic non-fullerene based single-junction solar cells. Using a series of complex optimisations, they achieved certified power conversion efficiency of 12.25 percent on a surface area measuring one square centimetre.
Printed Electronics World
Nov 19, 2018
Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells improved with light management

Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells improved with light management

Tandem solar cells made of silicon and metal halide perovskite compounds can convert a particularly large portion of the solar spectrum into electrical energy. However, part of the light is reflected and is thus lost for purposes of energy conversion. Using nanostructures, the reflection can be reduced significantly ensuring that the solar cell captures more light.
Printed Electronics World
Oct 26, 2018
IDTechEx TVIDTechEx Show! USA November 14-15, 2018 Event Overview

IDTechEx Show! USA November 14-15, 2018 Event Overview

IDTechEx CEO, Raghu Das gives an overview on what to expect at the IDTechEx Show! next month in Santa Clara.