Posts tagged: solar cell

Device That Integrates Solar Cell And Battery Could Store Electricity Outside The Grid

Scientists in the United States and Saudi Arabia have harnessed the abilities of both a solar cell and a battery in one device — a “solar flow battery” that soaks up sunlight and efficiently stores it as chemical energy for later on-demand use. Their research, published September 27 in the journal Chem, could make electricity more […]

Friday September 28th, 2018 in , , , | No Comments »

Blue Dye Shows Promise as Key Renewable Energy Component

A waste product from the textile industry could revolutionise battery design. Phil Dooley  By: Phil Dooley Water polluted with industrial waste could turn out to be the perfect thing for storing energy from renewables, scientists have found. Chemists at the University of Buffalo in the US have shown that a major component of waste from […]

NREL Develops Switchable Solar Window

By: Robin Whitlock The new windows rely on advanced materials such as perovskites and single-walled carbon nanotubes. The technology responds to heat by transforming from transparent to tinted and as the window darkens, it generates electricity. The colour change is driven by molecules of methylamine that are reversibly absorbed into the device. When solar energy […]

Friday December 1st, 2017 in , , , | No Comments »

Butterfly Wings Inspire a Better Way to Absorb Light in Solar Panels

Taking Inspiration From Nature By: Angela Chen The wings of a butterfly have inspired a new type of solar cell that can harvest light twice as efficiently as before and could one day improve our solar panels. Solar panels are usually made of thick solar cells, and are positioned at an angle to get the most […]

Sunday October 22nd, 2017 in , , , | No Comments »

Marriage Made in Sunlight: Invention Merges Solar with Liquid Battery

As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of night when solar cells go to sleep. Lithium-ion batteries, the commonplace batteries used in everything from hybrid vehicles to laptop computers, are too expensive a solution to use on something as massive as the electric grid. Song […]