June 21st, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
It's officially summer—and that means more sun-filled days ahead. So it's only fitting that we round up the latest solar energy research news. This week, solar cells get 'greener' and thinner, and a solar power plant in Nevada keeps the energy going 24/7.
June 16th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers from BarcelonaTech in Spain are working to perfect living concrete—a layered formulation that allows photosynthetic organisms, such as mosses, lichens, and other microorganisms, to grow within the material itself.
June 15th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, say they’re pushing the limits of solar cell performance and were able to achieve the highest performance ever measured for larger-size perovskite solar cells.
June 13th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
A team of scientists from Oak Ridge National Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Eck Industries has developed a new super-strong aluminum alloy that incorporates cerium—and it just may be able to restart mining of rare-earth elements in the United States.
June 9th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Harvard University have devised a different way to generate longer lasting fuel cells, this time using quantum materials.
June 2nd, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Sandia National Lab has completed testing of a novel solar energy storage technique that uses ceramic particles to collect and store the intense heat generated from concentrated sunlight—and the results look promising.
May 31st, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers from Brown University—in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology—are getting closer to making perovskite solar cells a mass-market reality. It's all in the "flip of a switch."
May 27th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other affiliated institutions in the U.S. and the U.K. say they’ve “made significant inroads toward understanding a process for improving perovskites’ performance, by modifying the material using intense light,” according to an MIT news article.
May 25th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Thales Alenia Space—a French–Italian venture specializing in space communications, navigation, Earth observation, exploration, and orbital infrastructures—is developing a unique solar powered autonomous stratospheric airship.
May 20th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Scientists at Pennsylvania State University are working on a new high-pressure technique that could open the door to more cost-effective production of large, flexible solar panels.