Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Continuing To Move Forward — Efficient Replacement For Platinum Found

The technology of dye-sensitized solar cells continues to move forward relatively rapidly, as recent advancements from the University of Malaya (UM) and the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) are demonstrating. Researchers there have developed a cheap, efficient replacement for the expensive platinum typically used in the cells, as well as … [continued]

Solar Cell Energy Efficiency And Lifespan Improved With Ion-Conducting Polymer

Dye-sensitized solar cells will soon receive a big boost to their energy efficiency and durability/lifespan thanks to new research from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The improvements are thanks to the discovery of a previously unknown quasi-liquid, polymer-based electrolyte — one that works to notably increase a dye-sensitized solar … [continued]

Self-Healing Solar Cells — Vascular Channels Based On Plant Leaves Allow For Self-Healing In New…

Self-healing solar cells — possessing “vascular” networks similar to those in plant leaves — have now been created by researchers from North Carolina State University. The new solar cells are able to effectively and inexpensively restore themselves to optimal functioning thanks to their possession of a “network of channels” which … [continued]

"Michael Grätzel holding one of his dye-sensitized solar cells." Image Credit: © Alain Herzog/EPFL

Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Achieve Record Efficiency Of 15%

This article was first published on Green Building Elements. A new efficiency record for dye-sensitized solar cells has been achieved by researchers at EPFL in Switzerland — the new record of 15% has now been achieved thanks to a new fabrication process created by the researchers. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) … [continued]