International Year of Light: Transfer Printing

John Rogers and co-workers present recent progress in the development of optoelectronic devices and their implementation enabled by micro-transfer printing.

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A Total Eclipse of the Sun: The Response of Photovoltaics in Germany

How the German electrical power grid withstood the the 2015 solar eclipse despite the disruption of energy production from solar power.

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Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

MIT spin-off is producing highly transparent, efficient solar cells in its Silicon Valley pilot production facility.

Photoanodes for Efficient Water Splitting by Photoelectrochemical Cells

Novel hematite-derived photoanodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells improve the efficiency of solar energy storage by water splitting.

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Inkjet-Printed Solar Cells

Thin-film light absorbers are fabricated using an inkjet printer, and show power-conversion efficiencies of about 6.4%.

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International Year of Light: Complex Photonic Structures

This review gives an overview how light-trapping mechanisms based on nanophotonics principles can enhance light absorption in thin-film solar cells.

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Rolling Out the Aluminum Carpet for Large-Scale Solar Cell Processing

Researchers have developed an innovative technique for depositing aluminum metal onto polymeric solar cells during large-scale roll-to-roll processing.

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International Year of Light: Plasmonic Nanoparticles

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

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

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