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  • Life of plastic solar cell jumps from hours to 8 months

    A team of researchers from the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology has extended the operating life of an unsealed plastic solar cell, from mere hours to eight months. The research groups" development of an inexpensive, readily available plastic solar cell technology hit a wall because of a chemical leeching problem within the body of the prototype. A chemical ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • NREL launches partnership with Solarmer Energy to extend lifetime of plastic solar cells

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Solarmer Energy, Inc., have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to collaborate on improving  the lifetime of plastic solar cells, a promising new solar conversion technology. The joint research covered by the CRADA will explore the lifetime and stability of the organic ...

  • Efficiency record of 17.6% on flexible CIGS solar cell on plastic developed at EMPA

    Flexible thin film solar cells on polymer film with a new record efficiency of 17.6% have been developed by the scientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology (EMPA). The conversion efficiency record has been independently certified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg, Germany.  Scientists under the leadership of Dr. ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Plastic Cell Membranes for Faster and Cheaper Drug Development

    - Technology earns a spot as one of the twelve finalists in the Asian Innovation Awards 2011 organised by the Wall Street Journal AsiaSynthetic cell membranes invented at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), a research institute of Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), may improve the way we identify and develop drugs by speeding up and reducing ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

  • Efficient solar cells from silicon wires

    US researchers have designed a new silicon-based solar cell which uses 100 times less silicon than conventional photovoltaic devices. The system relies on the geometry of the silicon being reconfigured from a flat wafer to arrays of tiny silicon rods aligned vertically on the cell. Currently silicon solar cells are fabricated on brittle wafers of silicon around 100-200 micrometres thick. While ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • MIT unveils first solar cell printed on paper

    When most people think of solar cells they picture the rigid glass panels that dot rooftops around the world. But the solar cells of the future will be much more adaptable, with researchers already succeeding in creating highly absorbing flexible solar cells that can be printed on plastic. Now researchers at MIT have gone one step further with the development of the first solar cell printed on ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Nanopillars promise cheap, efficient, flexible solar cells

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have demonstrated a way to fabricate efficient solar cells from low-cost and flexible materials. The new design grows optically active semiconductors in arrays of nanoscale pillars, each a single crystal, with dimensions measured in billionths of a meter. “To take ...

  • `Cling-film` solar cells could lead to advance in renewable energy

    A new study shows that even when using very simple and inexpensive manufacturing methods - where flexible layers of material are deposited over large areas like cling film - efficient solar cell structures can be made. The study, published in the journal Advanced Energy Materials, paves the way for new solar cell manufacturing techniques and the promise of developments in renewable solar energy. ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • KYOCERA’s 315-Watt, 80-Cell Solar Module Launches in the U.S.

    Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced the launch of its highest-output solar module, the 80-cell KD 315. The new module is ideal for large-scale installations like solar-covered parking, and is now available for U.S. customers. With a 37-year history of solar innovation and cutting edge technologies, Kyocera continues to display its commitment to quality and reliability with the release of the KD ...


    By Kyocera Solar, Inc.

  • Magnolia Solar Receives NASA Award to Develop High-Performance Thin-Film Solar Cells

    Magnolia Solar Corporation ("Magnolia Solar") (OTCBB: MGLT) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Magnolia Solar, Inc., has received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The award will allow Magnolia Solar to develop technologies designed to increase the ...


    By Marketwire

  • PROFESSOR GRATZEL WINS THE 2010 MILLENNIUM TECHNOLOGY GRAND PRIZE FOR DYE- SENSITIZED SOLAR CELLS

    HELSINKI, FINLAND -- (Marketwire) -- 06/09/10 -- The Winner of the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize is Professor Michael Grätzel from Switzerland for his third generation, low cost, dye-sensitized solar cells. President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen handed the EUR 800,000 Grand Prize and the prize trophy "Peak" to Professor Grätzel today at the Grand Award Ceremony at the ...


    By Marketwire

  • Solar Paint and Other Solar Surprises

    Solar paint - just paint it on your wall, car, boat - and you can start generating electricity. Chemical engineer Cyrus Wadia says, 'Today this is science fiction; but everything we do is moving us toward that. A doctoral student with UC Berkeley's interdisciplinary Energy and Resources Group, Wadia came back to school after six years in business. He spends long hours in the lab 'synthesizing ...

  • Mitsubishi Plastics launch BACK-BARRIER to global market

    Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc. (MPI) has launched its high gas barrier Photovoltaic (PV) back sheet, BACK-BARRIER, to the global market. BACK-BARRIER is MPI’s latest development in the X-BARRIER series of high gas barrier films, with the world’s highest level of water vapour barrier. Solar cell manufacturers, to whom MPI have provided samples to, have already confirmed the product’s excellent ...


    By RealWire

  • Konica Minolta Sensing Announces World`s First Dedicated Triple Junction Solar Reference Cell

    Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc. (KMSA), the worldwide leader in the industrial measurement of color, light and 3D shape, launched its ...

  • Analyzing Solar Power Technologies

    Analyzing Solar Power Technologies  Solar Power Technologies Market  The solar PV market has been booming over the last years and is forecasted to confirm this ...


  • Bright future for British solar

    Cambridge Enterprise, the University of Cambridge’s commercialisation office, and the Carbon Trust today announced the launch of Eight19 Limited, a new solar energy company which will develop and manufacture high performance, lower cost plastic solar cells for high-growth volume markets. Spun-out from the Carbon Trust’s Cambridge University-TTP Advanced Photovoltaic Research ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Is Organic PV the future of solar?

    When Dr. Alan Heeger and his colleagues began experimenting with newly-found semiconducting polymers in the 1970s, they just wanted to understand the basic physics of how electrons were set free in the materials. But they ended up making a discovery that has helped advance a new generation of solar plastics and inks. By oxidizing polyacetylene, a long-chain molecule which acts like a pigment, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • `Polymer and plastics analysis` – new online resource for the polymer industry

    Metrohm is pleased to support the polymer industry with a new online resource addressing the analytical needs and challenges along the entire process chain. "Polymer and plastics analysis" provides free access to numerous standard-compliant applications (ASTM, ISO, DIN EN) as well as information about suitable instrumentation ranging from NIR and Raman spectroscopy to traditional ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • AT&T supports EPA`s national cell phone recycling week

    Today may be April Fool's Day, but recycling wireless phones is no joke to AT&T* and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AT&T today announced its continued commitment to the EPA's Plug-In To eCycling National Cell Phone Recycling Week, which runs this year April 5-11. AT&T will promote the effort in stores, online, and through community recycling drives led by the AT&T ...

  • UK to expand solar production capacity

    Sun may not be its most plentiful commodity right now, but that hasn't stopped the UK from seeking to become a global leader in solar PV technology. With established producers, installers and integrators of PV products such as Sharp, Romag, Crystalox and Solar Century, and a growing number of smaller firms such as G24i and Quanta Sol focusing on next generation technologies, the UK is in a strong ...

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