SUNLIGHT is free, but that is no reason to waste it. Yet even the best silicon solar cells—by far the most common sort—convert only a quarter of the light that falls on them. Silicon has the merit of being cheap: manufacturing improvements have brought its price to a point where it is snapping at the heels of fossil fuels. But many scientists would like to replace it with something fundamentally better. John Rogers, of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is one. The cells he has devised (and which are being made, packaged into panels and deployed in pilot projects by Semprius, a firm based in North Carolina) are indeed better. By themselves, he told this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, they convert 42.5% of sunlight. Even when surrounded by the paraphernalia of a panel they manage 35%. Suitably tweaked, Dr Rogers reckons, their efficiency could rise to 50%. Their secret is that they are actually not one cell, but four, stacked one on top of another. Solar cells are made of semiconductors, and every type of semiconductor has a property called a band gap that is different from that of other semiconductors. The band gap defines the longest wavelength of light a semiconductor can absorb (it is transparent to longer wavelengths). It also fixes the maximum amount of energy that can be captured from photons of shorter wavelength. The result is that long-wavelength photons are lost and short-wave ones incompletely utilised. Cont'd
U.S. Companies Showcase Products at Fuel Cell Expo in Japan
Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC and Valmet have signed a five-year collaboration agreement in the field of steam exploded black pellets. The purpose of the agreement is to bring steam exploded black pellets to the market.
About Sonoco Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $4.8 billion, the Company has more than 19,900 employees working in 34
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Daetwyler Clean Energy (DCE) announces improvements to of their Modu-Rack™ ground mount PV racking system.
As major investors like Goldman Sachs invest sums of up to $40billion in renewables, it is critical that an effective asset management and data analysis strategy is implemented to ensure ROI.
Modules addressing the next generation solar inverter designs
Maintenance is a key factor in averting industrial breakdowns. Corrosion Management Summit will discuss best practices for structure protection.
Leading UK small wind turbine manufacturer Gaia-Wind Ltd, today announced the appointment of Sales & Marketing Director John Gallacher to the Board of Gaia-Wind as Director.
The 6th Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition will be held in China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex from August 26th to 28th, 2014.
The new extended power range line of single phase inverters is here and we are taking orders!
Earth Day, April 22
Leader in Wind Technology Employs CETOL 6 Sigma Solution for Enhanced Robust Design and Quality Production
TPI Composites announced today that it has signed a long-term agreement with Gamesa to supply blades for its G114 wind turbine from TPI's factory in Juarez, Mexico.
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The NeON R module features "Back Contact" cell technology delivering an entirely black panel that is aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient. The cell's seamless, surface blends perfectly into nearly all rooftop designs while the module's electrodes are positioned on the rear of the cell. Using LG's N-type cell structure, the panels produce 365W of energy, up to 7.3kWp, compared to 5.8kWp of the p-type cell. The module's new design minimizes LID, thereby delivering a longer lifespan and increased energy output.