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A solar cell you can put in the wash

A solar cell you can put in the wash

Sep 21, 2017 Japan
Scientists have developed a new type of ultra-thin photovoltaic device, coated on both sides with stretchable and waterproof films, which can continue to provide electricity from sunlight even after being soaked in water or being stretched and compressed.
Solar cells can be healed with light

Solar cells can be healed with light

Sep 19, 2017 United Kingdom
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity.
Empowering street vendors with solar-powered carts

Empowering street vendors with solar-powered carts

Sep 18, 2017 Uganda
The vending carts harness the energy of the sun and the company have created a holistic solar system whereby a vendor makes small daily payments for the cart, activating the solar panel.
Press Release
Solar Powered Educational Learning Library (SolarSPELL)

Solar Powered Educational Learning Library (SolarSPELL)

Sep 7, 2017 Australia
The PLuS Alliance has announced the winning candidates of its inaugural PLuS Alliance Prize, which recognises Research Innovation and Education Innovation.
Perovskite fundraising

Perovskite fundraising

Sep 4, 2017 Australia
Greatcell Solar Limited is pleased to advise that it has raised $5.3 million from shareholders.
Insect eyes inspire perovskite design

Insect eyes inspire perovskite design

Sep 4, 2017
Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics.
More solar power thanks to titanium

More solar power thanks to titanium

Sep 1, 2017 China
Earth-abundant, cheap metals are promising photocatalytic electrode materials in artificial photosynthesis.
Audi working on advanced solar car bodywork

Audi working on advanced solar car bodywork

Aug 28, 2017 United States
Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of solar-cell specialist, Hanergy Thin Film Power, plan to work together to integrate solar cells into panoramic glass roofs of Audi models.
Buildings to generate their own power with innovative glass blocks

Buildings to generate their own power with innovative glass blocks

Aug 23, 2017 United Kingdom
Buildings could soon be able to convert the sun's energy into electricity without the need for solar panels, thanks to innovative new technology.
Polystyrene makes solar panels cheaper

Polystyrene makes solar panels cheaper

Aug 21, 2017 United Kingdom
Researchers are using polystyrene particles rather than expensive polymers to make the next generation of solar cells, which are used to make solar panels, more stable and even cheaper.
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New solar forecasting tool could increase efficiency and reduce cost

New solar forecasting tool could increase efficiency and reduce cost

Aug 21, 2017 United Kingdom
A research group at the University of Sheffield has developed a solar forecasting service, helping to increase the efficiency of the electricity system and reduce energy costs.