Is It Time For DIY Solar Panels? With ever increasing energy bills, this video shows how one householder decided it was time to fit solar panels to her house.
DIY Solar Panels Once you’ve installed your solar panels, you’ll want to save the solar energy which they provide. In this video, ABC looks at a solar film that you can apply to your windows.
Micro-scaled photovoltaic devices may one day be used to deliver chemotherapeutic drugs directly to tumors, rendering chemotherapy less toxic to surrounding tissue. View full post on ScienceDaily: Solar Energy News
A groundbreaking new equation could do for organic semiconductors what the Shockley ideal diode equation did for inorganic semiconductors: help to enable their wider adoption. View full post on ScienceDaily: Solar Energy News
Physicists have discovered new properties in a material that could result in efficient and inexpensive plastic solar cells. The discovery reveals that excitons, or energy-carrying particles generated by photons, can travel on the order of a thousand times farther in organic semiconductors than scientists previously observed. This boosts scientists’ hopes that organic solar cells may […]
Ultra-thin solar cells can absorb sunlight more efficiently than the thicker, more expensive-to-make silicon cells used today, because light behaves differently at scales around a nanometer (a billionth of a meter), say engineers. They calculate that an organic polymer thin film could absorb as much as 10 times more energy from sunlight than was thought […]
To better understand the energy and environmental benefits and detriments of solar power, a research team has conducted one of the first life-cycle assessments of organic solar cells. The study found that the embodied energy — or the total energy required to make a product — is less for organic solar cells compared with conventional […]
Funneling solar energy: Antenna made of carbon nanotubes could make photovoltaic cells more efficient
Using carbon nanotubes (hollow tubes of carbon atoms), chemical engineers have found a way to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell. Such nanotubes could form antennas that capture and focus light energy, potentially allowing much smaller and more powerful solar arrays. View full post on ScienceDaily: Solar Energy News
Investigators in New York are giving factory production of solar energy cells a modern makeover. Their new approach includes the use of “continuous electronic sheets,” something like a computer flattened into wrapping paper. View full post on ScienceDaily: Solar Energy News
Scientists report success in boosting the ability of zinc oxide solar cells to absorb visible light simply by applying a blended mixture of various off-the-shelf dyes commonly used in food and medical industries — in a soak-then-dry procedure not unlike that used to color a tee-shirt in a home washing machine. View full post on […]