solar efficiency

Rawlemon’s New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

Rawlemon’s New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

In 2012, Inhabitat featured an invention that promised to turn the world of solar power generation upside down. Rawlemon's spherical solar energy-generating globe looked a lot like a giant glass marble on

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Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

New research out of the UK finds that solar cells actually enjoy improved efficiency when exposed to the pounding beats of today's pop and rock music. According to researchers from Queen Mary University

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German-French Team Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

German-French Team Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

A team comprised of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center, Berlin has just unveiled the world's most efficient solar cell! Boasting an efficiency of

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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3D-Textured Solar Cells to be Tested on the International Space Station

3D-Textured Solar Cells to be Tested on the International Space Station

In one of the first experiments to take place on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS), a new type of 3D-textured solar cell will soak up 16 sunrises everyday from the "back porch" of the

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Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), in collaboration with Purdue University have unveiled a new efficient, recyclable organic solar cell

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MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

MIT Scientists Create a More Efficient Solar Cell by Using Quantum Dots and Nanowires

Photo via Shutterstock A team of researchers at MIT have developed a more efficient photovoltaic solar cell using particles known as quantum dots. The benefit of using quantum dots is that they can be

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Graphene-Based Solar Cells Could Yield 60% Efficiency

Graphene-Based Solar Cells Could Yield 60% Efficiency

Graphene model by James Hedberg While silicon has long been the standard for commercial solar cells, new research from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Spain has shown that graphene could

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First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

First Solar Sets a New Record for Thin-Film Solar Efficiency

Just last year, Republican lawmakers were trying to tarnish First Solar, Inc, because the Department of Energy provided loan guarantees to the company. But politics couldn't sink the word's largest

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V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

V3Solar’s Spin Cell Cones Could Produce Electricity for the Insanely Low Cost of Eight Cents per kWh

When V3Solar released information about their Spin Cell photovoltaic cones last year, the details already looked remarkably impressive; they have a smaller physical footprint than flat photovoltaic cells

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Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings

Scientist Develops Water-Resistant Solar Panel Coatings Inspired by Iridescent Butterfly Wings

Butterflies are beautiful, delicate marvels of nature. While their lovely appearance may be inspiring, there's nothing a butterfly can teach us about renewable energy - or is there? An ambitious

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German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

Photo via Shutterstock The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light - including

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V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

V3Solar’s Spinning Cone-Shaped Solar Cells Generate 20 Times More Electricity Than Flat Photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's path through the course of the day, there are still

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“Brown Liqour” Could Replace Rare Metals in Batteries

“Brown Liqour” Could Replace Rare Metals in Batteries

For decades, paper mills have long used a thick sticky byproduct of the wood-pulping process—”Brown Liqour”— as a combustible fuel to keep the mills in motion. Now a collaborative research

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Scientists Discover That Tiny Fractal Trees Could Hold Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

Scientists Discover That Tiny Fractal Trees Could Hold Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

A team of chemists at the University of California, Davis believe that the future of solar technology may lie in cells made from a film of tiny silver nitrate fractal trees. The research team, led by

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MIT Harnesses Viruses to Improve Solar Efficiency by a Third

MIT Harnesses Viruses to Improve Solar Efficiency by a Third

Scientists are always looking for ways to increase the efficiency of renewable energy, and now researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are utilizing viruses to enhance the efficiency of

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