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  • Biomimetic non-reflective coating for solar cells wins MADMEC

    Original story at MIT News Biomimicry — known as “innovation inspired by nature” — has led to the invention of bullet trains, vaccines, adhesives, and light bulbs, among other things. Add to that list the winning invention of last night’s MADMEC competition: ...

  • Boosting the power of solar cells

    New ways of squeezing out greater efficiency from solar photovoltaic cells are emerging from computer simulations and lab tests conducted by a team of physicists and engineers at MIT. Using computer modeling and a variety of advanced chip-manufacturing techniques, they have applied an antireflection coating to the front, and a novel combination of multi-layered reflective coatings and a tightly ...

  • Magnolia Solar Takes Major Step Toward Commercial Viability of High Performance Nanostructured Antireflection Coating for Solar Cell Applications

    Magnolia Solar Corporation (OTCBB: MGLT) ("Magnolia Solar") announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Magnolia Solar, Inc. has demonstrated high quality 3-inch growth of nanostructured antireflection (AR) coatings on glass for solar cell applications. Previously, Magnolia Solar has been able to grow the AR coatings up to 1 inch in diameter. This new development takes the company closer to ...


  • Magnolia Solar Demonstrates High Performance Coated Glass Employing Porous Nanostructures for Solar Cell Applications

    Magnolia Solar Corporation (OTCBB: MGLT) ("Magnolia Solar") announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Magnolia Solar, Inc., has demonstrated ultra-high, omnidirectional transmittance through a coated glass window over the entire accessible portion of the solar spectrum in its testing. The measured improvement in transmittance results from coating the glass with a new class of ...


  • Improving a New Breed of Solar Cells

    Original story at MIT News Solar-cell technology has advanced rapidly, as hundreds of groups around the world pursue more than two dozen approaches using different materials, technologies, and approaches to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Now a team at MIT has set a new record for the most efficient quantum-dot cells ...

  • Proven Waste Gas Treatment concept for latest anti-reflection coating and passivation of Crystalline Solar Cells

    To continuously work on the improvement of solar cell efficiency is a key issue of course also for the Chinese photovoltaics manufacturers. To continuously work on the improvement of solar cell efficiency is a key issue of course also for the Chinese photovoltaics manufacturers. Most of them have their own R&D facilities and cooperate with the main process tool supplier to find the best way ...

  • 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

  • Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells

    Original story at MIT News When sunlight shines on today’s solar cells, much of the incoming energy is given off as waste heat rather than electrical current. In a few materials, however, extra energy produces extra electrons — behavior that could significantly increase solar-cell efficiency. An ...

  • Natcore Successfully Passivates "Black Silicon" Solar Cells

    Scientists at Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX VENTURE: NXT)(PINK SHEETS: NTCXF) have been able to demonstrate the effectiveness of its liquid phase deposition (LPD) process in passivating the surface of "black silicon" solar cells. "Black silicon" refers to the apparent color of the surface of a silicon wafer after it has been etched with nano-scale pores. The etching takes place in a matter of a ...


  • NREL Demonstrates 45.7% Efficiency for Concentrator Solar Cell

    The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic research cell efficiencies achieved across all types of solar ...

  • Magnolia Solar Explores New Limits on Solar Cell Performance

    Magnolia Solar Corporation (OTCBB: MGLT) ("Magnolia Solar") announced that Dr. Roger E. Welser, the Chief Technology Officer of its wholly owned subsidiary, Magnolia Solar, Inc., presented an invited paper at a SPIE Photonic West Conference on the Physics, Simulations and Photonic Engineering for Photovoltaic Devices. The presentation, entitled "Exploring the Radiative Limits of Dark Current ...


  • New energy-efficient manufacture of perovskite solar cells that rivals silicon solar cells

    ‘Perovskite solar cells’ (PSCs) are less costly than conventional silicon solar cells, but one of their key components is energy-intensive to manufacture as high temperatures are needed. Now researchers have identified new alternative materials for this component which cut energy demands as they can be produced at low temperatures. PSCs replace the energy intensive, expensive, ...

  • Magnolia Solar Demonstrates Novel Cell Design That Exceeds Traditional Limits on Solar Cell Performance

    Magnolia Solar Corporation (OTCBB: MGLT) ("Magnolia Solar") announced that Dr. Roger E. Welser, the Chief Technology Officer of its wholly owned subsidiary, Magnolia Solar, Inc., presented a summary of recent ground-breaking results at the 220th Electrochemical Society (ECS) Meeting and Electrochemical Energy Summit. The presentation, entitled "Probing the Radiative Limits of III-V Quantum ...


  • Magnolia Solar Demonstrates Ultra-High Transmittance Through Nanostructure-Coated Glass

    Magnolia Solar Corporation (OTCBB: MGLT) ("Magnolia Solar") announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Magnolia Solar, Inc., has demonstrated ultra-high transmittance through glass employing a nanostructured antireflection coating. These exciting technical results were presented by Magnolia's Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Roger E. Welser, at the SPIE Defense, ...


  • NREL scientists report first solar cell producing more electrons in photocurrent than solar photons entering cell

    Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have reported the first solar cell that produces a photocurrent that has an external quantum efficiency greater than 100 percent when photoexcited with photons from the high energy region of the solar spectrum. The external quantum efficiency for photocurrent, usually expressed as a ...

  • 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

  • Natcore Technology Successfully Uses LPD Process on Textured Solar Cells

    Scientists of Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX VENTURE: NXT)(PINK SHEETS: NTCXF) have shown that Natcore's liquid phase deposition (LPD) process can be used to apply an antireflective (AR) coating to textured solar cells as well as standard planar cells, thus opening the door for the industry to achieve even further wafer thickness reductions by eliminating the thermal vacuum AR coating process ...


  • Magnolia Solar Demonstrates High-Voltage Waveguide Solar Cells at SPIE Solar Energy and Technology Conference

    Magnolia Solar Corporation (OTCBB: MGLT) ("Magnolia Solar") announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, Magnolia Solar, Inc., has demonstrated high-voltage InGaAs quantum well waveguide solar cells, a unique structure capable of improving the performance of photovoltaic modules. Dr. Roger E. Welser, Magnolia's Chief Technical Officer, summarized the latest technical results at the Solar Energy ...


  • Solar cell efficiency boosted with pine tree-like nanotube needle

    ‘Dye-sensitised solar cells’ (DSSCs) are an alternative to traditional silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells. They have a number of advantages over traditional PV solar cells, including greater flexibility and lower manufacturing cost, but they are less efficient at turning sunlight into electricity. Taking inspiration from nature, new research has doubled their efficiency using pine ...

  • Nano-sandwich technique slims down solar cells, improves efficiency

    Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way to create much slimmer thin-film solar cells without sacrificing the cells' ability to absorb solar energy. Making the cells thinner should significantly decrease manufacturing costs for the technology. "We were able to create solar cells using a 'nanoscale sandwich' design with an ultra-thin 'active' layer," says Dr. Linyou Cao, ...


    By FLS Energy

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