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UC’s SmartLight More Than a Bright Idea, It’s a Revolution in Interior Lighting Ready to Shine

The innovative solar technology “would change the equation for energy,” according to UC researchers. A pair of University of Cincinnati researchers has seen the light – a bright, powerful light – and it just might change the future of how building interiors are brightened. In fact, that light comes directly from the sun. And with […]

Scientists develop heat-resistant materials that could vastly improve solar cell efficiency

Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter that could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can than be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity – a technology known as thermophotovoltaics. Unlike earlier prototypes that fell apart at temperatures […]

Innovative cell structure converts a record 44.7% of sunlight into electricity


A new world record of 44.7% of sunlight was converted into electricity by a photovoltaic panel using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells last month, says German research organisation Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems department head and development project leader Dr Frank Dimroth. Semiconductor and solar company Soitec, French Alternative Energies […]

New research suggests perovskite as cheaper replacement for silicon-based solar panels

( —Researchers at Oxford Photovoltaics and other companies investigating the use of perovskite—a crystalline organometal—as a replacement for silicon in photovoltaic cells have created prototypes that are approximately 15 percent efficient. But this is apparently just the beginning. Kevin Bullis suggests in an article published this week in MIT Technology Review, that researchers are predicting […]

Antifreeze, cheap materials may lead to low-cost solar energy


CORVALLIS, Ore. – A process combining some comparatively cheap materials and the same antifreeze that keeps an automobile radiator from freezing in cold weather may be the key to making solar cells that cost less and avoid toxic compounds, while further expanding the use of solar energy. And when perfected, this approach might also cook […]