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Improving Solar Cell Efficiency with a Bucket of Water

Written by , on February 13, 2019

Associate Professor Beth Sparks has developed an amazingly simple way to significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells in developing countries and other remote areas.  Read more »

Pink Greenhouses That Generate Electricity

Written by , on May 2, 2018

Researchers from the University of California-Santa Cruz have shown that greenhouses made with a special pink glass can control temperature and generate solar electricity at the same time.  Read more »

Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Written by , on January 24, 2018

Researchers at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made a discovery that could lead to significantly boosted solar cell efficiency.  Read more »

Halogens Improve Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Performance by 25%

Written by , on December 22, 2017

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina have shown that using halogens in a dye-sensitized solar cell can increase conversion efficiency by 25%.  Read more »

Fractal Designs Improve Concentrating Solar

Written by , on October 26, 2017

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20% more effective at absorbing sunlight than current technology.  Read more »

Inflatable Concentrated Solar System Halves Costs

Written by , on October 14, 2017

An Austrian company, Heliovis, has developed an inflatable cylindrical thermal concentrator which concentrates sunlight onto a central thermal receiver, similarly to a parabolic trough, but at a much lower cost.  Read more »

Solar Glass Bricks

Written by , on September 13, 2017

Build Solar, a spin-off from the University of Exeter in the UK, has been set up to market an innovative solar glass block technology.  Read more »

Solar Panel Provides Drinking Water

Written by , on April 14, 2017

Zero Mass Water has developed a “drinking water solar panel” which extracts water vapor from the air and condenses it into drinking water using electricity generated by the solar panel.   Read more »

World First Commercial Clear Solar Glass

Written by , on March 28, 2017

Researchers at the Electron Science Research Institute at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, in collaboration with ClearVue Technologies, have announced that they have developed the world’s first commercially viable clear, solar glass.  Read more »

New Type of Solar Cell Could Be Cheaper and More Commercially Viable

Written by , on November 24, 2016

Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a new type of perovskite solar cell that promises to be cheaper and more commercial viable than current perovskite cells.  Read more »