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Making solar energy even more sustainable with light-powered technology

Technology using a new generation of hybrid solar cells is one step closer to mass-production, thanks to Newcastle University-led research. An international team of scientists have identified a new process using coordination materials that can accelerate the use of low-cost, Earth-abundant materials with the potential to transform the energy sector by replacing silicone-based solar panels. Publishing their results in the

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New project to develop anti-soiling coating for solar modules to increase power output and help the UK achieve its net zero goals

Solar experts from Loughborough University have been awarded funding to create a durable and scalable anti-soiling coating for solar modules. Project lead Professor Michael Walls, Professor of Photovoltaics for Power Systems in the university’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), says the three-year-long study, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has the potential to “mitigate one of

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Major cities could be close to self-sustaining through fully integrated solar

New modelling, on a scale ranging from individual structures through to neighbourhoods and an entire city, has shown that buildings in the City of Melbourne could provide 74% of their own electricity needs if solar technology is fully integrated into roofs, walls and windows. Published in the journal Solar Energy, the research, led by members of the ARC Centre of Excellence

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NREL, Mines Insight Could Lead to Better Silicon Solar Panels

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Colorado School of Mines are applying a new technique to identify defects in silicon solar cells that cause a drop in efficiency. The lessons learned at the atomic level could lead to improvements in the way manufacturers strengthen their products against what is known as light-induced degradation.

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New technique paves the way for perfect perovskites |Next-gen solar material could outshine other solar cells

An exciting new solar material called organic-inorganic halide perovskites could one day help the U.S. achieve its solar ambitions and decarbonize the power grid. One thousand times thinner than silicon, perovskite solar materials can be tuned to respond to different colors of the solar spectrum simply by altering their composition mix. Typically fabricated from organic molecules such as methylammonium and

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