solar cell research

Plastic Solar Cells Get Boost From Disorder

Original article posted on Stanford News. By Mark Shwartz Scientists have spent decades trying to build flexible plastic solar cells efficient enough to compete with conventional cells made of silicon. To boost performance, research groups have tried creating new plastic materials that enhance the flow of electricity through the solar … [continued]

(L-R) Dr David Jones, Professor Andrew Holmes and Dr Scott Watkins.

Printing Australia’s Largest Solar Cells

This article was originally published on the website of CSIRO. Scientists have produced the largest flexible, plastic solar cells in Australia – 10 times the size of what they were previously able to – thanks to a new solar cell printer that has been installed at CSIRO. The printer has … [continued]

University of Utah metallurgical engineers Prashant Sarswat and Michael Free used an old office microwave oven to produce a nanocrystal semiconductor named CZTS that is made from cheaper, less toxic materials than other semiconductors and holds promise for more efficient solar power cells and lighting by LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, as well as sensors for medical tests and systems to convert waste heat to electricity. Image Credit: Lee J. Siegel, University of Utah

Solar Cell Material Created From Microwave Oven

Another fun solar science story, this one via the University of Utah: University of Utah metallurgists used an old microwave oven to produce a nanocrystal semiconductor rapidly using cheap, abundant and less toxic metals than other semiconductors. They hope it will be used for more efficient photovoltaic solar cells and … [continued]

First All-Carbon Solar Cell Created

  The first solar cell made entirely out of carbon has been created by researchers from Stanford University. This technological breakthrough is offering the possibility of cheap, practical alternatives to the sometimes rather expensive materials used in current solar cells. “Carbon has the potential to deliver high performance at a … [continued]