Graphene has extreme conductivity and is completely transparent while being inexpensive and nontoxic. This makes it a perfect candidate material for transparent contact layers for use in solar cells to conduct electricity without reducing the amount of incoming light - at least in theory.
University of Alberta researchers have found that abundant materials in the Earth's crust can be used to make inexpensive and easily manufactured nanoparticle-based solar cells.
Through innovations to a printing process, researchers have made major improvements to organic electronics – a technology in demand for lightweight, low-cost solar cells, flexible electronic displays and tiny sensors.
Stanford engineers have developed new peel-and-stick solar panels that they say can be applied to almost any surface.
Princeton researchers say they've found a cheap and simple way to nearly triple the efficiency of organic solar cells.
Using sunlight and ultrathin films of iron oxide, or rust, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology researchers have found a new way to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen.
UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that could allow windows to generate electricity.
Scientists at the University of Southern California have taken a big step towards the creation of solar cells in the form of a liquid ink that can be painted or printed onto clear surfaces.
MIT researchers are working on 3D solar towers that, they say, give a power output of up to 20 times that of fixed flat panels with the same base area.
UCLA scientists say they've significantly enhanced polymer solar cells' performance by building a new 'tandem' device that combines multiple cells with different absorption bands.
University of Cambridge scientists have developed a new type of solar cell that could increase the maximum efficiency of solar panels by over 25 percent.
A team of German industrial researchers says concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems that focus light on to solar cells can provide an effective alternative for powering remote irrigation networks.
A debate rages in the scientific community over which is more efficient at harvesting solar energy: a plant or a solar cell?
Researchers at MIT have enlisted viruses to help assemble solar cells and improve their performance.
Stanford researcher Zhenan Bao has created 'super skin' - so sensitive to pressure it can feel a fly touch down, and powered by flexible, stretchable solar cells.
Using carbon nanotubes and DNA, researchers have created a new type of solar cell designed to self-repair like natural photosynthetic systems in plants.
Researchers in the potato state of Idaho say that they’ve developed a new kind of solar cell that can produce electricity even at night, promising to create a new form of renewable energy.
A new discovery at Rutgers University looks likely to lead to the creation of efficient and inexpensive solar cells made of plastic.
MIT rsearchers have created tiny solar cells that can repair themselves after damage from the sunlight they're designed to process.