Solar Cell Efficiency Breathrough from Northwestern University Researchers

A team of researchers at the Northwestern University has advanced up with an innovative breakthrough in solar cell efficiency. The researchers have shaped up a reliable dye-sensitized solar panel that is cheaper and can ensure better power efficiency than the regular cells. The inventive solar technology is really a variant of the Grätzel cell, a […] Read more

Carbon Sequestering Ceramic Membrane Technology Tested at MIT

In what is a new twist, researchers are claiming that one of the ways to reduce CO2 emissions may be to produce pure carbon dioxide. The claim applies to factories that rely on fossil fuels. If pure CO2 is produced, then greenhouses gases – once isolated – could be captured and buried in the earth’s […] Read more

FUTUREWATCH: Solar Powered Bionic Eye

A retinal implant or a bionic eye has been developed by scientists at Stanford University in California. It is powered by light as compared to present day implants which are run on batteries. This device uses a unique pair of spectacles to shaft a stream of light into the eye. This sends signals to the […] Read more

Virginia: Clean Energy Mecca?

Researchers assessing the state’s potential for renewable energy say Virginia could realistically meet half of its nearly 20,000-megawatt power demand by the year 2035 with clean, sustainable sources like solar, onshore and offshore wind, and biomass. The George Mason University study, prepared for the Virginia Conservation Network, a coalition of renewable energy advocates and environmental […] Read more

FUTUREWATCH: Self Assembling Plastic Nanofibers

A research team under the collective leadership of Nicolas Giuseppone and Bernard Doudin, successful created highly conductive plastic nanofibers that can self assemble. Giuseppone and his colleagues propelled the discovery by first determining the structure of nanowires. The team chemically altered triarylamines (synthetic molecules commonly used in Xerox processes) and observed some fascinating reactions. The […] Read more

Printable Liquid Solar Cells Developed at USC

What would we do without nanotechnology and its potential for great things? Allowing us to scale down products to teeny objects, this revolutionary technology is all set to pave the way for liquid solar cells that can literally be printed onto surfaces. Researchers at USC are the brains behind this technology that use nanocrystals to […] Read more

1st All Plastic Solar Cell Created at Georgia Tech

Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a technique that could soon become a universal method to reduce a conductor’s work function. They used a thin layer of polymer (1 to 10mm thick) and spread it on the surface of a conductor to create a sturdy surface dipole. The result was an air-stable and efficient low […] Read more

In Focus: Photochemical Upconversion

In recent years, the efficiency of the traditional silicon solar cells has been improving, but the challenge technology faces is the natural theoretical limit at about 33 percent. The law of Physics doesn’t allow the cells to absorb photons below a certain level of energy, which means this low energy is simply lost as it […] Read more

Nanotube Electrodes: Improving Solar Cells

While we advocate the many benefits of solar energy to offset dependence on conventional fuel sources, it’s a fact that solar cells are expensive because of the materials used to create them. Also these cells don’t yield as much energy as they could owing to inefficient collection methods. All this seems set for a change […] Read more

Technological Breakthrough: Plastic Electronics

The field of plastic electronics has been given a boost with the invention of a new technology that could soon see the world using them in an array of applications from robotics to satellite navigation. The breakthrough was facilitated by a team of researchers at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory. Led by Prof Henning Sirringhaus, physicists […] Read more

Purdue Researchers Improve Solar Ink

A  team of researchers at Purdue University in Indiana is working to develop a new solar ink that could be affordably printed on film and mass produced for a more affordable solar photovoltaic option. The team was recently awarded a $750,000 Sunshot grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue’s Winthrop E. Stone […] Read more

3D: A New Dimension for Solar Energy

Research is on its way to improve performance of solar photovoltaic cells and bringing down cost has been the key issue. However, little importance has been given to the arrangements of these cells. Normally, PVs are placed in a flat position on rooftops and other surfaces. They’re also attached to vehicles and motorized structures where […] Read more

Record Breaking Laser Pulse: The Future of Fusion Power?

Imagine the huge quantity of power that the whole of United States uses at any point of time. Now, multiply this expansive figure by one thousand, and you get the utterly gargantuan scope of the astronomical power generated by world’s most powerful laser, in its record shattering pulse. Well, according to National Ignition Facility, this […] Read more

Hydrogen Fuel From Solar Nanoforests

Engineers at University of California, San Diego are creating a  “nanoforest” that can capture solar energy and use it generate fuel from hydrogen. Running cars, homes and buildings on hydrogen has long thought to be the ultimate clean solution, but getting there has been tough. They say the tiny nanowire trees, made from abundant sources like silicon and zinc oxide, mimic the […] Read more