NREL Creates Highest Efficiency 1-Sun Solar Cell

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created a solar cell with a record 39.5% efficiency under 1-sun global illumination. This is the highest efficiency solar cell of any type, measured using standard 1-sun conditions.

'Freeze-Thaw Battery' Is Adept at Preserving Its Energy

The development of the "freeze-thaw battery," which freezes its energy for use later, is a step toward batteries that can be used for seasonal storage: saving energy in one season, such as the spring, and spending it in another, like autumn.

Scientists achieve record efficiency for ultra-thin solar panels

A team co-led team by the University of Surrey has successfully increased the levels of energy absorbed by wafer-thin photovoltaic panels by 25%. Their solar panels, just one micrometre thick (1μm), convert light into electricity more efficiently than others as thin.

NREL Heats Up Thermal Energy Storage with New Solution Meant To Ease Grid Stress, Ultimately Improving Energy Efficiency

Scientists from the NREL have developed a simple way to better evaluate the potential of novel materials to store or release heat on demand in your home, office, or other building in a way that more efficiently manages the building's energy use.

Team Develops Floating Turbine To Harvest Deep-Ocean Wind Energy

University of Texas at Dallas researcher Dr. Todd Griffith has spent years working on an offshore turbine design that can convert those deep-ocean winds into electricity. Recently, Griffith received a $3.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to take his technology to the next level.

Energy to Go

No matter if it's a flashlight or a Tesla: They don't work without a battery. But what is the battery technology of the future? Researchers all over the world are looking for new solutions.

C4V Driven Technology to Scale Manufacturing of Lithium Ion Batteries

C4V Chemistry is a phosphate-based composite cathode that utilises low-cost materials, molecular doping of lithium rich bio-mineral in super-cell of crystal structure.

New Survey Reveals 70% of Americans Support Nationwide Solar Panel Mandate on New Homes

Among those who support a nationwide solar mandate, 32% said they strongly support it and 38% said they somewhat support it, while approximately 16% said they somewhat oppose it and 14% said they strongly oppose it.

Making Batteries Safer, More Reliable: SD Mines Researchers Focus on Solid-State Battery Technology

Researchers at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology create center to research development of safer and more reliable solid-state batteries.

Student Helps Solve Scientific Puzzle That Could Improve Solar Panel Efficiency

A Loughborough University PhD student has helped shed light on a solar panel puzzle that could lead to more efficient devices being developed.

First-of-its-Kind PV Inverter Scorecard Ranks Manufacturers by Performance

Public report from PV Evolution Labs reveals over 20% of tested solar inverters failed safety and reliability tests while others had strong performance following testing.

What is Betavoltaic Power?

The term betavoltaic is interchangeable with atomic battery, nuclear battery, tritium battery and radioisotope generator. They are used to designate a device, which expends energy from the decay of a radioactive isotope to produce electricity.

Improved Way to Make III-V Solar Cells Could Hold Key to Lower Costs

Scientists at the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) work to refine the technique called hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE), which holds the potential to produce cheaper, more efficient solar cells capable of producing more electricity.

Talking CHS Technology with The Coretec Group

CHS, or cyclohexasilane (Si6H12), is an excellent Si precursor, many say the best source for the atom Si. The silicon atom has wide ranging chemical characteristics; from semiconductor chips to silicone caulk to Si oxide (glass).

Solar Energy Storage Problem May be Solved in New Single-System Technology

Generating power from the sun isnt the problem. The technology has been there for decades. Storing that power efficiently, however, has been a challenge. Until now.

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