International Year of Light: Plasmonic Nanoparticles

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This month’s International Year of Light article reviews relevant advances and applications of plasmonic nanoparticles, from energy to health.

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Simplified Fabrication Improves Stibnite Solar Cell Efficiency

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Research into solar cell materials has shown that stibnite synthesis is fast and cheap, and can be easily scaled up, critical for industrial applications.

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Historic round-the-world flight

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First round-the-world flight in a plane powered only by energy from the sun.

Towards better polymer solar cell design

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Italian and Germany researchers reveal secrets in interlayers and architectures of polymer solar cells.

New processing methods for flexible perovskite solar cells

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Newly published research describes the development and combination of low temperature deposition and processing techniques for perovskite devices.

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CIGS solar cells reach new record efficiency

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ZSW Stuttgart, Germany, has recently presented CIGS solar cells with conversion efficiencies up to 21.7%.

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Laser testing solar cells

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

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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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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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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