Nanowires Break Limit of Solar Cell Efficiency

How much energy can we use from the sun's rays? Apparently, we can utilize far more than previously thought. A new study shows that the energy limit is far higher than first believed. The new study, described in the journal Nature Photonics , studied how to develop and improve the quality of nanowire crystals. These nanowires possess a cylindrical structure and a diameter that's about 10,000 part of a human hair. They hold enormous potential for the development of solar cells and the future of quantum computers and other electronic products. So how do these nanowires work? They naturally concentrate the sun's rays into a very small area in the crystal that they possess by up to a factor of 15. Due to the tiny nature of the wire's diameter, the crystal can cause resonances in the intensity of light in and around nanowires. These resonances can concentrate the sunlight and convert it into energy, essentially giving a higher conversion efficiency of the sun's light. Previously, scientists thought that the efficiency limit of sunlight was far lower. Known as the "Shockley Queisser Limit," it was held as a landmark for solar cell efficiency for many years. Yet with the discovery and development of these nanowires, it seems that the limit is far higher than previously thought.

Manufacturers to Overcome Potential Obstacles as Investments in Australia Increase

Numerous Taiwanese manufacturers have attended According to EnergyTrend, a research division of TrendForce, though industries are highly interested in the overseas PV market, plans are still on paper due to the policy and environmental factors.

Daetwyler Clean Energy (DCE) announces it will expand manufacturing of its racking systems to CA

Daetwyler Clean Energy (DCE) announces it will expand manufacturing of its racking systems into California to serve the western U.S. market.

Viridis Africa showcasing cleantech technologies appropriate for Africa

Viridis Africa 2013, 15 & 16 October, Killarney Country Club, Johannesburg

Completed Niagara Tunnel Project to Provide Renewable Power for 100 Years

Ontario government committed to building a clean, reliable energy system through the completion of The Niagara Tunnel Project.

Water Stocks Snapshot for World Water Day: AWK, CWT, MSEX, PRMW, WTR

Point Roberts, WA - March 22, 2013 (Investorideas.com Newswire, www.water-stocks.com) Investorideas.com, an investor research portal specializing in sector research for independent investors, issues a snapshot for water stocks trading for UN World Water Day.

Bosch ends photovoltaics activities

Competitiveness is unattainable--- Sale or closure of all units--- Purchaser for aleo solar AG sought

Sonkyo Energy's Small Wind Turbine Certified by Intertek to AWEA 9.1and MCS

Combined certification capabilities open up more markets for Intertek's customers

Small Wind Power Annual Installations Will Double in Capacity by 2018, Forecasts Navigant Research

he report, "Small Wind Power", examines the global market for small wind power, focusing on manufacturers of small wind turbines.

SolarCity to Expand to Nevada

Leading Distributed Energy Provider Expects to Create Hundreds of Jobs in Las Vegas area

Shimadzu Corporation Introduced MCXS Anti-Reflective Coating System and SCI Series Cell Inspection Systems that Support for Solar Cell Manufacture

–– Contribute to High Reliability, High Productivity, and Low Costs ––

SolarWorld Delivers Multi-Partner Project to Pull Plug on Water-Aid NGO's Electric Bill

100-kilowatt system will enable South Carolina's Water Missions International each month to supply safe drinking water to 100 additional residents of developing areas

New Solar Panel Technology to be Manufactured in Osgood, Indiana

Creating 140 Local Jobs by 2017

The UK Green Investment Bank First direct equity investment in offshore wind

This landmark transaction represents a significant step for GIB in supporting one of its core sectors, offshore wind.

Spanish PV Company Grenergy announces the successful completion and grid connection of two projects

Spanish PV Company Grenergy announces the successful completion and grid connection of two new rooftop PV projects in Andalucia totaling 2MWp and confirms its ambitious plans for the international grid-parity market.

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