Posts tagged solar cells

Luminescent ‘LED-Type’ Design Breaks Efficiency Record

April 23rd, 2012

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have successfully designed a more efficient solar cell that is capable both of emitting light and absorbing it. The development came after researchers examined the reasoning behind why…read more

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Cooling Semiconductor with Laser Light

February 7th, 2012

Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute have discovered a new method for laser cooling semiconductor membranes. Semiconductors are vital components in solar cells, LEDs and many other electronics, and the efficient cooling of components is…read more

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Tiny Solar Cell Saves Money and Energy

December 22nd, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently validated greater than 41 percent efficiency at a concentration of 1,000 suns for tiny cells made by Semprius. The energy conversion efficiency of a solar…read more

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Affordable Solar Panels

August 22nd, 2011

Applied Nanotech has developed a way to make some solar technology cheaper, which could reduce the cost of solar panels. Solar panels are made up of a collection of solar wafers, and the company is…read more

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Invention Speeds Solar Cell Quality Tests

July 22nd, 2011

Three scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed a way to assess the quality of solar cells at a speed that is orders of magnitude faster than had been…read more

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Melting-While-Cooling Silicon Could Improve Solar Cells

August 10th, 2010

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have recently discovered that by dissolving certain metals into silicon, they can add that silicon compound to the relatively short list of exotic substances that exhibit retrograde…read more

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