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Scientists move closer to 'two for one deal' on solar cell efficiency

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:54pm
The underlying mechanism behind an enigmatic process called 'singlet exciton fission,' which could enable the development of significantly more powerful solar cells, has been identified by scientists in a new study.

Solar could meet California energy demand three to five times over

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:51pm
In the face of global climate change, increasing the use of renewable energy resources is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world. New work finds that the amount of energy that could be generated from solar equipment constructed on and around existing infrastructure in California would exceed the state's demand by up to five times.

Uncovering the secrets of super solar power perovskites

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:12am
In a scant five years of development, hybrid perovskite solar cells have attained power conversion efficiencies that took decades to achieve with the top-performing conventional materials, but scientists have lacked a clear understanding of the precise goings on at the molecular level. New findings help fill that void.

Solar cells: Increased pressure creates a happy union

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 1:25pm
By tailoring the interface between the two sections of a solar cell, researchers have produced a high-performance solar cell from the abundant and cheap materials of copper (II) oxide and silicon.

New approach combines biomass conversion, solar energy conversion

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:30am
A new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion has been presented by researchers. These are two important research areas for renewable energy, they say.