Outdoor operational stability of polymer solar modules


ITO-free large-area organic solar cell modules were operated in outdoor conditions over 1 year simultaneously in India and Denmark.

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Foundry researches thermal energy storage

Foundry researches thermal energy storage

Bavarian foundry is storing unused heat energy with the help of thermal oil and reduces fuel consumption.

Micro-windmills energise cellphones, business interest

One of Roa's micro-windmills, placed on a US penny.

1.8mm wind turbines could be used to power cellphones, microelectronics, and have attracted the interested of WindMEMS.

Protein-based solar cell handles variable light better

Protein-based photoelectrochemical cell produces a direct current under continuous light but a novel alternating current under discontinuous illumination.

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Using excess energy to synthesize natural gas

Power-to-gas process converts short-term excess electricity from photovoltaic systems and wind turbines into hydrogen.

Research consortium on organic photovoltaics

Research Consortium on Organic Photovoltaics

The chemical and pharmaceutical company Merck leads the research project POPUP designed to help achieve the breakthrough of organic photovoltaics.

3D nanostructures are the future of energy collection

Physicists have developed a “planet-satellite model” to precisely connect and arrange nanoparticles in three-dimensional structures.

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Improving solar cell design through photocatalysis


Chinese group show semiconductors can improve efficiency of photocatalysis, with potential in turn for better solar cells.

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Ionic liquid thermocell will improve waste heat harvesting

Harvesting waste heat from power stations and even vehicle exhaust pipes could soon provide a valuable supply of electricity.

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Imaging material defects in thin film solar cells

Experimental setup used to map defect densities in organic thin films. A pulsed laser beam is used to raster-scan the material of interest, which is assembled in a field-effect geometry, allowing changes in current flow to be detected. The yellow zones indicate sites at which the defect density is particularly high. Christian Westermeier.

A team has, for the first time, succeeded in functionally characterizing the active layer in organic thin-film solar cells using laser light.

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