Solar Energy Research

Stephanie Hobby - March 24, 2014

Clearing Up Cloudy Understanding on Solar Power Plant Output

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have been studying the most effective ways to use solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays — a clean, affordable and renewable way to keep the power on....

John Toon - February 25, 2014

Solar-Induced Hybrid Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

Although low temperature fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass as a fuel because...

Karen McNulty Walsh - December 18, 2013

Small Size Enhances Charge Transfer in Quantum Dots for Solar Photovoltaics

Quantum dots — tiny semiconductor crystals with diameters measured in billionths of a meter — have enormous potential for applications that make use of their ability to absorb or emit...

Mike Janes - December 10, 2013

Pioneering Path to Electrical Conductivity in ‘Tinkertoy’ Materials

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have devised a novel way to realize electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework (MOF) materials, a development that could have profound...

Jim Barlow - December 04, 2013

Oregon Researchers Shed New Light on Solar Water-splitting Process

With the help of a new method called "dual-electrode photoelectrochemistry," University of Oregon scientists in the U.S. have provided new insight into how solar water-splitting cells...

- November 27, 2013

New Tests Help Make Solar Panel Moisture Barriers Better

Moisture — in the form of humidity, water spills, or rainfall — spells early demise for cell phones, light-emitting diode (LED) displays, TVs, and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels worldwide...

- November 11, 2013

New Solar Cell Is More Efficient, Less Costly

American innovators still have some cards to play when it comes to squeezing more efficiency and lower costs out of silicon, the workhorse of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules...

Ron Flavin - November 01, 2013

An Overview of US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Funding Programs

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program was officially launched in 2009 as the result of the 2007 America COMPETES Act, which was signed by President George W....

- September 16, 2013

Harnessing the Sun’s Energy with Tiny Particles

Engineers at U.S.-based Sandia National Laboratories, along with partner institutions Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University and the German Aerospace Center (DLR),...

Bloomberg News Editors - August 22, 2013

Water + Sunshine = Biofuel as Lab in California Chases Dream

It sounds like magic, far-out fiction, a California dream. Yet earnest scientists are hard at work on a new alchemy: brewing fuel for cars — synthetic gasoline — from little more than...

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