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Solar & Alternative Energy

Improved power conversion efficiency of solar cells

Inorganic nanostructures are used in hybrid solar cells to improve light absorption and carrier transportation.

Nanosized particles with low overlap between their absorption and emission spectra allow more of the sun's light energy to be captured.

25 September 2014

As researchers race to develop novel semiconductors that efficiently split water to produce hydrogen, nanotechnology is providing winning solutions.

23 September 2014
Water/alcohol-soluble conjugated polymers can greatly improve photovoltaic efficiency.
11 September 2014
Engineering directional light emission with a simple photonic structure enables high secondary geometric gain.
5 September 2014
A digital alloy technique grows device-quality aluminum gallium arsenide antimonide lattice matched to indium phosphide.
27 August 2014
Video system enhances control of driverless vehicle
Enables vehicle to locate itself on a road, demonstrated last week at Michelin Challenge, Chengdu, China.
20 November 2014
ORC develops method to make photonic chips
Ultrafast photomodulation spectroscopy uses UV femtosecond pulses to change refractive index of silicon.
19 November 2014
Soitec hints at another record-breaking cell
French firm says that it will shortly release results on a four-junction concentrator PV device.
19 November 2014
Organic PV firm Eight19 lands £1M
Investment should help the Cambridge University spin-out develop its production technology.
19 November 2014
Smart windows control light, heat, energy use