solar cells

Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells to the Fore

December 31, 2012 / No Comments

You are well aware of the potential of the conventional solar cells that are placed on glass or silicon to extract energy. Unlike these regular ones, new peel and stick thin-film solar cells have arrived, and they require direct fabrication on the final carrier substrate. These new peel-and-stick thin-film solar cells can be peeled off like Band-Aid and stuck to virtually ...

Solar Impulse HB-SIA to Make 3 flights Across Switzerland

September 8, 2010 / No Comments

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA which uses no fuel, which had its first successful 24-hour flight in early July, will make three test flights across Switzerland - from Payerne to Geneva, from Geneva to Zurich and then back to Payerne.

New Solar Cells can Capture Light in the Visible, and the Invisible Spectrum

April 15, 2010 / No Comments

A group of researchers from the Kyoto Institute of Technology recently unveiled a new photovoltaic cell that can capture energy not just from the visible light spectrum, but from infrared and ultraviolet light as well.

Researchers Find a way to Make Solar Cells Less Material Intensive

February 16, 2010 / No Comments

The push on green technology has recently resulted in a number of advancements in the field of solar energy. A lot of work is being done to make them more efficient, robust, less intensive, and more cost efficient. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, have found a way to make flexible solar cells with silicon wires.

IBM Claims Breakthrough in Solar Tech

February 12, 2010 / No Comments

Researchers at IBM have claimed to have found a new path to solar power, one that will make solar panels a lot more cheaper. The cheaper part is achieved by the use of "Earth abundant" elements, the use of which will be comparatively more cost effective than the Copper, Indium, Gallium, and Selenium that GIGS thin film cells use.

Polymer Solar Cells Make Giant Jump in Efficiency

February 8, 2010 / No Comments

Currently, polymer solar cells are far behind the conventional silicon solar cells. However, as thrusts for green energy continue, the relative low cost of the polymer solar cells could play a big role, and the huge jumps these cells are making in terms of efficiency only makes things better for them. A recently developed nano-patterned array production technique showed researchers ...

Researchers Manage to Grow Solar Cells on Plants

January 29, 2010 / No Comments

Tobacco plants are probably looking at greener credentials, and a product far more enticing than cigarettes. Researchers at UC Berkeley have succeeded in making the plant grow synthetic photovoltaic cells. These cells can then be extracted from the plants and be put to the job of solar cells.

Antireflective Coating to Make Solar Cells More Efficient

January 27, 2010 / No Comments

Solar cells, as we all know, generate energy by absorbing the sun's rays. A good portion of the solar energy incident on these cells is reflected back, and as such not used in the generation of power. So, solar cells could be made more efficient at creating electricity from incident light. Another method to increase the efficiency would require making ...

Apple to Use Solar Cells to Power the iPod?

January 22, 2010 / 1 Comment

Apple have been known for trying out various green technology - now, it seems they're looking into new ways to power the iPod - with solar cells integrated into it. This was revealed by a patent application, showing solar cells used in an iPod.

General Electric making gadgets to cut power use in homes

July 15, 2009 / 1 Comment

In an effort to reduce electricity consumption, General Electric Company is going to combine energy-efficient lighting and energy-efficient appliances with energy management systems and renewable power generators. The systems – named ‘Net Zero Energy Home’ – involves photovoltaic cells and thin-film solar cells as well as advanced energy storage products that help save energy. General Electric said in a press release ...