Solar Energy Research

Mike Janes - November 05, 2014

Boosting Solar Photovoltaic Efficiency with 'Tinkertoy' Materials

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will...

Pam Frost Gorder - October 07, 2014

All-in-One Solution: Solar that Stores Its Own Power

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery.

David Chandler - October 01, 2014

How to Make a “Perfect” Solar Absorber

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths...

Bill Scanlon - August 28, 2014

Researchers Develop Faster, Cheaper Way to Make Solar Cells

A faster, cheaper way to manufacture silicon solar cells, partially funded by the Energy Department and fine-tuned at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has won a coveted...

David Chandler - August 18, 2014

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new,...

- July 22, 2014

Steam from the Sun

A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material...

- July 07, 2014

Researchers Developing Supercomputer to Tackle Grid Challenges

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for...

Bill Scanlon - June 24, 2014

New Research Bolsters Batteries with Nanotubes

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries,...

- June 18, 2014

Novel Nanoparticle Production Method Could Lead to Better Solar Cells

Sandia National Laboratories has come up with an inexpensive way to synthesize titanium-dioxide nanoparticles and is seeking partners who can demonstrate the process at industrial scale...

David Chandler - May 14, 2014

Researchers Find New Material for Flat Semiconductors

Researchers around the world have been working to harness the unusual properties of graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms. But graphene lacks one important characteristic...

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