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Seeding better efficiencies in monocrystalline silicon solar cells

Seeding better efficiencies in monocrystalline silicon solar cells

Feb 10, 2016 Japan
A new 'single-seed cast method' for producing high quality monocrystalline solar cells has tremendous potential for the manufacture of low cost, high efficiency silicon solar cells.
Mechanical trees become power plants

Mechanical trees become power plants

Feb 9, 2016 United States
New tools for harvesting wind energy may soon look less like giant windmills and more like tiny leafless trees.
New organic photovoltaic world record efficiency of 13.2 percent

New organic photovoltaic world record efficiency of 13.2 percent

Feb 9, 2016 Germany
Heliatek R&D teams reached a record conversion efficiency of 13.2% for an OPV multi-junction cell, setting a new world record for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity using organic photovoltaic cells.
IDTechEx Show! - NASA Langley & National Institute Aerospace Win Award

IDTechEx Show! - NASA Langley & National Institute Aerospace Win Award

Feb 8, 2016
Energy Harvesting & Storage USA: The Best Technical Development within Energy Harvesting and Storage Award went to NASA Langley Research Center, in collaboration with the National Institute of Aerospace, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State University for the development of their multistage force amplification piezoelectric energy harvester.
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Event report: Innovations in Large Area Electronics

Event report: Innovations in Large Area Electronics

Feb 8, 2016
IDTechEx attended the second innoLAE conference, which took place on the 1st and 2nd of February 2016 in Cambridge (UK). It was organised by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics.
Energy harvesting via smart materials

Energy harvesting via smart materials

Feb 8, 2016 France
One of the biggest challenges for the development of mechanical energy harvesting via electrostrictive polymers is being able to improve their performance.
X-rays reveal details of plastic solar cell production

X-rays reveal details of plastic solar cell production

Feb 5, 2016 Germany
Plastic solar cells are light, easy to install, and readily produced using a printer. Nevertheless, the processes that take place on the molecular scale during the production of organic solar cells are not yet entirely clear.
Dip coating to solve perovskite moisture sensitivity

Dip coating to solve perovskite moisture sensitivity

Feb 5, 2016 China, Australia
Scientists from China and Australia have designed a water-resistant perovskite solar cell that can operate in a humid environment and maintain its efficiency over three weeks.
Powercast at Energy Harvesting & Storage USA: Wireless Power

Powercast at Energy Harvesting & Storage USA: Wireless Power

Feb 4, 2016
A video interview with Powercast at the Energy Harvesting & Storage USA exhibition.
You'll never be-leaf what makes up this battery

You'll never be-leaf what makes up this battery

Feb 4, 2016 United States
Scientists have a new recipe for batteries: Bake a leaf, and add sodium.
IDTechEx Show! Berlin - What Is New For 2016

IDTechEx Show! Berlin - What Is New For 2016

Feb 4, 2016 Worldwide, Germany
The annual IDTechEx Show! will have a focus on green technologies in Berlin on 27-28 April.
SheerWind selected by cleantech accelerator

SheerWind selected by cleantech accelerator

Feb 3, 2016 United States
A cost-effective, high-performance alternative to conventional wind technology, by capturing, concentrating, accelerating, and harvesting wind power in a funnel system.
Putting silicon sawdust in a graphene cage boosts battery performance

Putting silicon sawdust in a graphene cage boosts battery performance

Feb 2, 2016 United States
Scientists have been trying for years to make a practical lithium-ion battery anode out of silicon, which could store 10 times more energy per charge than today's commercial anodes and make high-performance batteries a lot smaller and lighter.
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