New peel and stick solar cells decals can stick to phones, windows, pretty much anything

Researchers at Stanford University have come up with a new process that creates peel and stick solar cells. The new cells are thin and flexible, and by using double sided tape, they can be used on things like phones, windows, paper, and clothes. As the research team lead, Xiaolin Zheng, … Continue reading

Cheaper, longer lasting dye-sensitized solar cells

Dye-sensitized solar cells have long held the promise of cheap, easy to make solar cells, but it’s been difficult for the companies involved to actually make and sell them.   But last week there was an announcement out of Northwestern University that could change that.   The Northwestern University research … Continue reading

First Solar hits record for thin-film solar efficiency

First Solar Inc (FSLR) has hit another efficiency record for its thin film solar cells, and has announced that they will incorporate the new methods into their manufacturing process starting next quarter.    First Solar will use their efficiency gain to compete against cost reductions by Chinese solar companies.   … Continue reading

New solar cells even work at night

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory have come up with solar cells that continue to work after the sun goes down.   The new type of cell absorbs much more than visible sunlight, it also absorbs infrared radiation, which continues to be emitted after the sun … Continue reading

PETE solar cells generate electricity from both light and heat

PETE stands for “photon enhanced thermionic emission”, and it stands for a process being worked on by Stanford University researchers as they develop solar cells that can generate electricity both from sunlight and the heat of the sun.

IBM developing inexpensive solar cells made from available materials

IBM researchers have been developing new efficient thin film type solar cells that use abundant materials instead of the scarce materials used in current thin film solar cells.   The materials that IBM is seeking to replace are cadmium, iridium, gallium, and selenide, which make up CIGS type cells.   … Continue reading

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