Energy & Green Tech

Power-generating material for organic photovoltaics

Toyobo Co., Ltd. and the French government research institute CEA have succeeded in making trial organic photovoltaic (OPV) small cells on a glass substrate with the world's best conversion efficiency in a dim room. The team ...

Energy & Green Tech

Electrical transients quantify charge loss in solar cells

Solar cells are photovoltaic devices that convert light to electricity. During the photoelectric conversion process, a photovoltaic device internally undergoes multiple charge-carrier dynamics processes. These internal charge-carrier ...

Energy & Green Tech

Image: Bendy, ultra-thin solar cell

ESA has backed the creation of this flexible, ultra-thin solar cell to deliver the best power to mass ratio for space missions.

Energy & Green Tech

New record could usher in new era for solar energy

The future of solar technology is almost reality, with researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) setting a new record for the conversion of sunlight into energy.

Electronics & Semiconductors

Ultrathin organic solar cell is efficient and durable

Scientists from the RIKEN, in collaboration with international partners, have succeeded in creating an ultrathin organic solar cell that is both highly efficient and durable. Using a simple post-annealing process, they created ...

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Solar cell

A solar cell or photovoltaic cell is a device that converts light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. Sometimes the term solar cell is reserved for devices intended specifically to capture energy from sunlight, while the term photovoltaic cell is used when the light source is unspecified. Assemblies of cells are used to make solar panels, solar modules, or photovoltaic arrays. Photovoltaics is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells in producing electricity for practical use. The energy generated this way is an example of solar energy (also called solar power).

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