Posts tagged: solar cells

Spray On and Printable: What’s Next For The Solar Panel Market?

Spray on, printable and other new thin film technology looks set to provide a major boost to the global solar market. Currently being developed by researchers and a small number of companies, the new film materials offer the potential of lighter and cheaper manufacturing. With big names including Panasonic, Fujifilm, Statoil ASA and Legal & […]

Solar-Powered Drone Switches from Helicopter to Plane Mode

Cells lining its long wingspan will extend its flight time. By: David Lumb Ever since the wobbly autogyro went out of fashion, engineers have tried designing a craft that gets the vertical lift of a helicopter’s blades with the horizontal thrust of a plane is difficult to pull off. Popular successes, like the AV-8 Harrier series […]

Solar Power Could Become Cheaper and More Widespread

WSolar cells can be made with tin instead of lead, Warwick scientists find Breakthrough to make solar power cheaper and more commercially viable Solar power could be used in mobile phones, laptops and cars A breakthrough in solar power could make it cheaper and more commercially viable, thanks to research at the University of Warwick. […]

Chemists Find Key to Manufacturing More Efficient Solar Cells

In a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy policy, Columbia scientists have demonstrated it is possible to manufacture solar cells that are far more efficient than existing silicon energy cells by using a new kind of material, a development that could help reduce fossil fuel consumption. The team, led by Xiaoyang Zhu, […]

New Fabric uses Sun and Wind to Power Devices

Fabrics that can generate electricity from physical movement have been in the works for a few years. Now researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have taken the next step, developing a fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion. Combining two types of electricity generation into one textile paves the way for […]