Solar Cells Articles

  • Closer Look at the Capacity of SLA Batteries and Solar Energy Systems

    Sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries have a reputation for being durable when used to support portable electronic devices. They require minimal maintenance and offer leak-proof capabilities. But when used with solar energy systems, the units present issues that can hinder the potential and performance of the machines. For example, general purpose SLA batteries should not be deep cycled, as ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • How Much Does A Solar Panel System Cost To Generate Home Electricity Consumption?

    The how much money does solar panels cost information will guide customers to mitigate their home energy bills? The research on solar panel system to generate solar energy in the form of electricity has been long and arduous. It is only recently that contemporary designs and materials coupled with innovative grid sharing concepts make it possible for everyone. The consumers across ...


    By Solarpanelsxpert

  • How Much Does It Cost For Solar Panels to Make a Difference to Utility Bills

    The how much does it cost for solar panels has become a popular refrain quickly. Thanks to the rapidly developing internet technology, the social media has brought about heightened awareness for a cleaner, carbon free environment. The good news is that household across the country can do their little bit in this most important endeavor. The solar panel system made up of solar ...


    By Solarpanelsxpert

  • High School gets Hands-on Learning with MK-lll - Case Study

    The Cazenovia Board of Education last week accepted two donations of technology equipment worth more than $170,000 that will give Cazenovia High School technology students unique opportunities to construct and maintain both a weather station on the high school roof and an automated switch manufacturing work cell once used by Marquardt Switches. Once the switch machine is situated and ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Q&A: A look at solar plane attempting round-the-world trip

    Two Swiss pioneers are attempting to fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane without a drop of fossil fuel. Here's a look at the plane and the pioneers behind it: HOW IS THE PLANE FLYING ONLY ON SOLAR POWER? Described by its creators as "an airborne laboratory," the single-seat Solar Impulse 2 has 17,248 ultra-efficient solar cells that transfer solar energy to four ...


    By Associated Press

  • Dye–sensitised solar cells using TiO
    2
    nanoparticles: a review

    Over the past two decades, several research papers have been published on dye–sensitised solar cells ever since its conception was first reported in 1991. This paper discusses their basic principle, fabrication in the laboratory and developments, based on results reported in literature. The various factors which stand in favour and against their commercialisation and their characterisation by ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Performance comparisons of grid connected SPV system with different MPPT algorithms

    This paper presents a performance analysis of grid connected SPV system for different maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms. The detailed mathematical model of grid connected three–phase solar photovoltaic (SPV) system with parametric model of SPV cell, thermal modelling and switching loss calculation of switching devices are discussed. The performance evaluation has been carried out for ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Gold nanoparticles functionalised with Ru–dicarboxybipyridine–trimercaptotriazine: SERS effect and application in plasmonic dye solar cells

    A dicarboxybipyridine–trimercaptotriazine ruthenium complex, primarily designed for dye–sensitised solar cells (DSSC), has been successfully employed in the generation of electrostatically stabilised gold colloids, because of its high negative charge and capability of binding to gold nanoparticles via the sulphur groups. Strong SERS enhancements have been obtained for the isolated gold ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Investigation of Ge/Si quantum dot structures using the methods of admittance spectroscopy

    In this paper the properties of multilayer p–i–n–structures based on Si with Ge quantum dots fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy were investigated using the method of admittance spectroscopy at temperatures from 10 K to 300 K. The results of experimental research for two types of structures are presented. The activation energies of the emission process from localised states are ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Photodetectors and solar cells with Ge/Si quantum dots parameters dependence on growth conditions

    In this paper recommendations for growth conditions necessary for achieving maximum detectivity of infrared photodetectors with quantum dots and efficiency of quantum dot solar cells are given. It is also shown that for improvement of photodetectors characteristics quantum dots should be grown at rather high temperatures, and, on the contrary, at relatively low temperatures for maximisation of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Review of titanium dioxide nanoparticle phototoxicity: Developing a phototoxicity ratio to correct the endpoint values of toxicity tests

    Titanium dioxide nanoparticles are photoactive and under natural sunlight, produces reactive oxygen species. Reactive oxygen species can be detrimental to many organisms, causing oxidative damage, cell injury, and death. Most studies investigating TiO2 nanoparticle toxicity did not consider photoactivation and performed tests either in dark conditions or under artificial lighting that did not ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Emissions through solar PV systems – a review

    Photovoltaic (PV) system has been quoted for wide range of green house gas (GHG) emissions through life cycle assessment (LCA) studies. There are a variety of solar cell materials available, which vary in conversion efficiency and emission of CO 2 . This paper is based on the LCA analysis of PV system which starts from the production of these solar cells and goes through the stages known as ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • In situ indium–induced crystallisation of low temperature nano–poly silicon (LTNPS) thin film on ITO glass substrate

    For the first time, the low temperature nano–poly silicon (LTNPS) thin films were formed on indium tin oxide (ITO) glass with a temperature of ∼200ºC using the in situ indium–induced crystallisation of the plasma enhanced CVD (PECVD) deposited a–Si. Compared with the conventional method for transfer of the PECVD formed amorphous structure to the nano–poly one, the technology features a low ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Effect of Au nanoparticles added in nanocrystalline TiO
    2
    film on the photoelectrode of dye–sensitised solar cells

    In this study, we used a citrate reduction method and electrophoretic deposition (EPD) to prepare hybrid nanocrystalline TiO2/Au films and applied it to the photoelectrode of dye–sensitised solar cell. The films and solar cells were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE–SEM), energy dispersive X–ray analysis (EDX), X–ray diffraction (XRD), I–V ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The effect of ethyl cellulose on TiO
    2
    pastes for DSSCs application

    Ethyl cellulose (EC)–based TiO2 pastes were prepared in order to fabricate flat and crack–free TiO2 films employing screen–printing technique. Pure anatase TiO2 was synthesised via hydrothermal process using titanium (IV) n–butoxide as Ti–precursor and peptised by acetic acid. The as–prepared ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sunscreen’s Dark Side

    In 2013, more than 200 million tourists sunbathed on Mediterranean beaches. You can bet that most of them applied sunscreen. That sunscreen may be valuable for preventing skin cancer for humans, but it can also wreak havoc on marine ecosystems. A new study published in Environmental ...


    By Ensia

  • Near Term Lower Cost Solar Electric Power for US Commercial Customers

    Market Opportunities The first market for PV electric power panels was for space satellites. While the single crystal cells used in these panels made these panels very expensive, this was unimportant for that market. That market emphasized reliability, not cost. As these panels came down to earth for off-grid remote applications, again the emphasis was on reliability and low maintenance, not ...


    By JX Crystals

  • Start-up of first 100 kw system in Shanghai with 3-sun PV Mirror modules

    ABSTRACT Thanks to funding from the Shanghai City government, Shanghai Import Export Trading Company, and Shanghai Flower Port, we have designed and fabricated in pilot production the first 3-sun 180 W (STC) mirror panels. Three of these panels were first tested in the US showing calibrated PTC ratings of 150 W. Then 24 panels were installed on two 2-axis trackers at the Flower Port in ...


    By JX Crystals

  • Demonstration of a 33% efficient Cassegrainian Solar Module

    Abstract The Cassegrainian solar concentrator module concept we shall describe here uses a primary and a dichroic secondary mirror to split the solar spectrum into two parts and direct the infrared and near visible portions of the spectrum to two separate cell locations. An efficiency of 32.9% (STC) is reported measured outdoors for a solar concentrator PV module using InGaP/GaAs dual ...


    By JX Crystals

  • TPV History from 1990 to Present & Future Trends

    Abstract. Herein, the history of TPV at JX Crystals over the last 15 years is described. Our focus has been on commercial application for TPV components and systems. JX Crystals began as a spin off company when the inventors of the GaSb cell left Boeing with a license to make that cell at JX Crystals. We recosnized that III-V IR sensitive cells such as the GaSb cell were enabling for TPV systems. ...


    By JX Crystals

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