Developing transparent solar concentrators

Yimu Zhao, a doctoral student in chemical engineering and materials science, and Richard Lunt, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, run a test in Lunt’s lab. Lunt and his team have developed a new material that can be placed over windows and create solar energy. Photo by G.L. Kohuth.

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of transparent solar concentrator.

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Solving the MXene capacitive paradox

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Entirely new family of conductive two-dimensional carbides and nitrides may lead to better energy storage.

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Voltage loss in polymer solar cells down to the dielectric constant

High dielectric constant polymer solar cells found to behave as efficiently as their inorganic counterparts.

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Analyzing Lithium–Sulfur Batteries in Operando Mode

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A new technique is developed for studying lithium-sulfur batteries in operation: UV/Vis spectroscopy in operando mode.

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High-capacity battery uses only organic ingredients

American researchers design organic battery intended for deployment in power stations.

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Speeding up the characterization of organic photovoltaics

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A new contactless and rapid light beam-induced current method can be used to identify defects in complex organic multilayer films.

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Is semiconductor photocatalysis photochemical or thermochemical or both? (and do we care?)

Figure 2. Is your photocatalytic reaction powered by light or heat or both? Graphical illustration courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Professor Ozin addresses a fundamental concern in the field of photocatalysis.

Corrosion protection for water-splitting semiconductors

Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of nickel islands on silicon protected by a titanium dioxide film. Image: Shu Hu/Caltech.

Caltech researchers devise a method to protect the materials in a solar-fuel generator.

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Hybrid energy system is an alternative to FRET

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Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new hybrid energy transfer system that mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis.

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MIT researchers break QD solar cell efficiency record

Researcher displays a sample of the record-setting new solar cell on the MIT campus. Photo courtesy of Chia-Hao Chuang.

Rate of improvement of quantum dot devices is one of the most rapid seen for a solar technology.

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