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Thin Film Photovoltaics

Thin-film solar application for the oil industry

Thin-film solar application for the oil industry

The thin-film panels, unique in that they can be directly applied to flat surfaces, are significantly more flexible and lighter in weight than traditional panels, which also require the additional weight of racks and bolts for installation.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 7, 2019
First thin-film solar power industrial park in Middle East

First thin-film solar power industrial park in Middle East

The first solar thin-film industrial park in the Middle East region. The total investment of the project will be over one billion dollars.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 5, 2019
Flexible solar cell with conversion efficiency of 21.5%

Flexible solar cell with conversion efficiency of 21.5%

Scientists have fabricated a flexible solar cell with a record breaking power conversion efficiency of 21.5%. The solar cell combines two thin-film solar cell technologies into a 4 terminal tandem solar cell stack: a top flexible semi-transparent perovskite solar cell with a bottom flexible copper indium gallium selenide cell.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jan 21, 2019
Breaking barriers in solar energy

Breaking barriers in solar energy

Stop for a moment and imagine an efficient highway system. No need to jockey for position, no choke-point merging from three lanes into one, no long idles at ill-timed traffic lights, no rolling roadblocks as the motorist ahead of you prepares for a turn that is still five miles away. Regardless of the number of cars, you would know what smooth sailing looks and feels like. That's the life solid-state researchers want for electrons as they work…
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 16, 2018
Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

A new fabrication process for transparent ultra-thin silver films has been developed. The material may help build highly efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes. However, traditional chemical methods have not been able to produce ultra-thin and pure silver films.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Oct 11, 2018
Thin films for more efficient solar cells

Thin films for more efficient solar cells

The efficiency of solar cells can be increased by thin-film contacts. Improving the performance of solar cells requires scrutinizing every aspect of their design. First, this means improving the crystalline quality of the absorbing material to maximize the conversion of photons to negatively charged electrons and positively charged holes. Next, the device's architecture must be optimized to ensure these charge carriers can move efficiently…
Off Grid Energy Independence
Sep 24, 2018
Patented nanostructure for solar cells: Rough optics, smooth surface

Patented nanostructure for solar cells: Rough optics, smooth surface

Thin-film solar cells made of crystalline silicon are inexpensive and achieve efficiencies of a good 14 percent. However, they could do even better if their shiny surfaces reflected less light. A team has now patented a sophisticated new solution to this problem.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Sep 3, 2018
Improved efficiency of CQD solar cells using an organic thin film

Improved efficiency of CQD solar cells using an organic thin film

Recently, the power conversion efficiency of colloidal quantum dot -based solar cells has been enhanced, paving the way for their commercialization in various fields; nevertheless, they are still a long way from being commercialized due to their efficiency not matching their stability.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Aug 6, 2018
Novel approach for obtaining films for solar cells

Novel approach for obtaining films for solar cells

Materials scientists explained the laws of dissolution and crystallization of hybrid perovskites and proposed a novel approach for obtaining films for solar cells.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Aug 3, 2018
Solar cells need to slim down

Solar cells need to slim down

Thin-film solar cells could be 1/100th the thickness of a piece of paper and flexible enough to festoon surfaces ranging from an aerodynamically sleek car to clothing. To make thin-film solar cells, scientists are moving beyond the "classic" semiconductor compounds, such as gallium arsenide or silicon, and working instead with other light-harvesting compounds that have the potential to be cheaper and easier to mass produce. The compounds could be…
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jul 30, 2018
Printable solar cells a step closer

Printable solar cells a step closer

Researchers have found out why new kinds of solar materials are so good at harvesting light - and have provided design rules for making them better. This opens up the opportunity to design flexible solar cells, which could be used in buildings and clothing.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 7, 2019
First thin-film solar power industrial park in Middle East

First thin-film solar power industrial park in Middle East

The first solar thin-film industrial park in the Middle East region. The total investment of the project will be over one billion dollars.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jan 21, 2019
Breaking barriers in solar energy

Breaking barriers in solar energy

Stop for a moment and imagine an efficient highway system. No need to jockey for position, no choke-point merging from three lanes into one, no long idles at ill-timed traffic lights, no rolling roadblocks as the motorist ahead of you prepares for a turn that is still five miles away. Regardless of the number of cars, you would know what smooth sailing looks and feels like. That's the life solid-state researchers want for electrons as they work…
Off Grid Energy Independence
Oct 11, 2018
Thin films for more efficient solar cells

Thin films for more efficient solar cells

The efficiency of solar cells can be increased by thin-film contacts. Improving the performance of solar cells requires scrutinizing every aspect of their design. First, this means improving the crystalline quality of the absorbing material to maximize the conversion of photons to negatively charged electrons and positively charged holes. Next, the device's architecture must be optimized to ensure these charge carriers can move efficiently…
Off Grid Energy Independence
Sep 3, 2018
Improved efficiency of CQD solar cells using an organic thin film

Improved efficiency of CQD solar cells using an organic thin film

Recently, the power conversion efficiency of colloidal quantum dot -based solar cells has been enhanced, paving the way for their commercialization in various fields; nevertheless, they are still a long way from being commercialized due to their efficiency not matching their stability.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Aug 3, 2018
Solar cells need to slim down

Solar cells need to slim down

Thin-film solar cells could be 1/100th the thickness of a piece of paper and flexible enough to festoon surfaces ranging from an aerodynamically sleek car to clothing. To make thin-film solar cells, scientists are moving beyond the "classic" semiconductor compounds, such as gallium arsenide or silicon, and working instead with other light-harvesting compounds that have the potential to be cheaper and easier to mass produce. The compounds could be…
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 5, 2019
Flexible solar cell with conversion efficiency of 21.5%

Flexible solar cell with conversion efficiency of 21.5%

Scientists have fabricated a flexible solar cell with a record breaking power conversion efficiency of 21.5%. The solar cell combines two thin-film solar cell technologies into a 4 terminal tandem solar cell stack: a top flexible semi-transparent perovskite solar cell with a bottom flexible copper indium gallium selenide cell.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Nov 16, 2018
Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

A new fabrication process for transparent ultra-thin silver films has been developed. The material may help build highly efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes. However, traditional chemical methods have not been able to produce ultra-thin and pure silver films.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Sep 24, 2018
Patented nanostructure for solar cells: Rough optics, smooth surface

Patented nanostructure for solar cells: Rough optics, smooth surface

Thin-film solar cells made of crystalline silicon are inexpensive and achieve efficiencies of a good 14 percent. However, they could do even better if their shiny surfaces reflected less light. A team has now patented a sophisticated new solution to this problem.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Aug 6, 2018
Novel approach for obtaining films for solar cells

Novel approach for obtaining films for solar cells

Materials scientists explained the laws of dissolution and crystallization of hybrid perovskites and proposed a novel approach for obtaining films for solar cells.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jul 30, 2018
Printable solar cells a step closer

Printable solar cells a step closer

Researchers have found out why new kinds of solar materials are so good at harvesting light - and have provided design rules for making them better. This opens up the opportunity to design flexible solar cells, which could be used in buildings and clothing.