Laser testing solar cells


Scientists NPL have developed a new method for detecting defects in solar cells using a technique called ‘compressed sensing’.

Transparent electrodes derived from copper and tungsten


British researchers have reported a window electrode based on an ultra-thin bilayer of copper and amorphous tungsten sub-oxide.

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Modeling improved organic solar cell behaviour


A new electrostatic model has been developed, which treats electrons and holes not as point charges or an average electrostatic density, but as delocalized Gaussian spheres.

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Compact nuclear fusion reactor


US engineering company Lockheed Martin has reported that it has developed a new design for a fusion reactor that could be in use in a decade.

Multifunctional coating to improve DSSCs

A new multifunctional coating system to increase the sunlight harvesting ability and the operational lifetime of organic DSSC devices has been proposed.

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The global energy transition – do we have a Plan B?


What can we do if the IPCC’s response to climate change – assessment of risk, vulnerability, mitigation, adaptation and cost – fails to deliver?

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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Silicon carbide finds its place (in a nuclear reactor)


Toshiba and IBIDEN unveil a prototype silicon carbide fuel assembly cover for use in nuclear power stations.

High-capacity battery uses only organic ingredients

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

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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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