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Designing solar panels in checkerboard lines to increase absorbtion of light by 125%

Listen to this article below: Designing solar panels in checkerboard lines increases their ability to absorb light by 125 per cent, a new study says. Checkerboard design of solar panel Credit: Dr Davide Zecca Researchers say the breakthrough could lead to the production of thinner, lighter and more flexible solar panels that could be used to power more homes and

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researchers to produce multilayered solar panels with the potential to be 1.5 times more efficient than traditional silicon panels

Listen to this article below: Researchers working to maximize solar panel efficiency said layering advanced materials atop traditional silicon is a promising path to eke more energy out of sunlight. A new study shows that by using a precisely controlled fabrication process, researchers can produce multilayered solar panels with the potential to be 1.5 times more efficient than traditional silicon

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Chemical innovation stabilizes best-performing perovskite formulation

Listen to this article below: Perovskites are a class of materials made up of organic materials bound to a metal. Their fascinating structure and properties have propelled perovskites into the forefront of materials’ research, where they are studied for use in a wide range of applications. Metal-halide perovskites are especially popular, and are being considered for use in solar cells,

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Theoretically, two layers are better than one for solar-cell efficiency

Solar cells have come a long way, but inexpensive, thin film solar cells are still far behind more expensive, crystalline solar cells in efficiency. Now, a team of researchers suggests that using two thin films of different materials may be the way to go to create affordable, thin film cells with about 34% efficiency. Schematic of a double thin film

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Incorporating solar harvesting into the side of buildings could enhance energy sustainability

If builders could incorporate solar harvesting into the siding of a building, the amount of energy from the grid that a structure would need may significantly decrease. In research published recently in Renewable Energy, a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by Diana-Andra Borca-Tasciuc, a professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, demonstrated the potential of wedge-shaped luminescent solar

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