New design brings world's first solar battery to performance milestoneSat, 01 Aug 2015 08:26:47 EDT
After debuting the world's first solar air battery last fall, researchers have now reached a new milestone. They report that their patent-pending design -- which combines a solar cell and a battery into a single device -- now achieves a 20 percent energy savings over traditional lithium-iodine batteries. Butterflies heat up the field of solar researchFri, 31 Jul 2015 07:02:12 EDT
The humble butterfly could hold the key to unlocking new techniques to make solar energy cheaper and more efficient, pioneering new research has shown. By mimicking the v-shaped posture adopted by Cabbage White butterflies to heat up their flight muscles before take-off, the amount of power produced by solar panels can increase by almost 50 per cent, scientists say. Lobster-eye imager detects soft X-ray emissionsTue, 28 Jul 2015 11:07:36 EDT
A group of scientists have described developing and launching their imager, which centers on "Lobster-Eye optics," as well as its capabilities and future applications in space exploration. Reshaping the solar spectrum to turn light into electricityMon, 27 Jul 2015 18:02:31 EDT
Solar energy could be made cheaper if solar cells could be coaxed to generate more power. A huge gain in this direction has been made by a team of chemists that has found an ingenious way to make solar energy conversion more efficient. The researchers combined inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules to 'upconvert' photons in the visible and near-infrared regions of the solar spectrum. Changing the Color of LightThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:15:22 EDT
Researchers have developed a method that could improve medical imaging and cancer treatments and increase the efficiency of commercial solar cells by 25 to 30 percent.