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October 20, 2016
Highly efficient organic solar cells with improved operation stability
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2016
A new type of organic solar cells (OSCs) with 11.6% efficiency has been developed by a research team, affiliated with UNIST. This solar cell maintained almost 80% of its initial efficiency after 60 days long-term test under elevated temperatures up to 120 degrees. In the study, the research team, led by Prof. HyeSung Park and Prof. Chang Duck Yang of Energy and Chemical Engineering has developed an effective and simple strategy to simutaneously improve and stablize the performance of OSCs by apply ... read more

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juwi Group announces expansion for Solar Power Plant in Fukushima Province
juwi is expanding its international footprint with a new project in Japan. In the province of Fukushima, that still suffers from the catastrophic reactor accident in 2011, juwi is going to construct ... more

NREL model offers insights of higher wind and solar generation in US east
A new study from the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, ... more

Energy hijacking pathway found within photosynthesis
An unexpected source of inefficiency within a photosynthetic enzyme has been identified by scientists. The issue also adversely affects the performance of devices which are used to model artificial ... more


UMASS Amherst taps Con Edison solutions for large-scale solar power initiative
The University of Massachusetts Amherst has retained ConEdison Solutions (CES) for a campus-wide solar power initiative expected to reduce university electric bills by $6.2 million over the next twe ... more


X-ray vision reveals how polymer solar cells wear out
Scientists from the Technical University of Munich have used the acurate X-ray vision provided by DESY's radiation source PETRA III to observe the degradation of plastic solar cells. Their study sug ... more

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NREL report shows US solar photovoltaic costs continuing to fall in 2016
The modeled costs to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems continued to decline in the first quarter of 2016 in the U.S. residential, commercial, and utility-scale sectors, according to updated be ... more

Nanoscale confinement leads to new all-inorganic solar cell
Scientists with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to ... more
24/7 News Coverage
Plants actively direct their seeds via wind or water towards suitable sites

Future of Antarctic marine protected at risk

Fast driver spotted on evolutionary tracks

Small-scale agriculture threatens the rainforest

Plant discovered that neither photosynthesizes nor blooms

UM researchers study vast carbon residue of ocean life

Adapting to the heat


Midsummer receives new order for its DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system
Midsummer has received a repeat order for its compact DUO solar cell manufacturing system from an undisclosed Asian customer. This new order was received in connection with Midsummer's first system ... more

Efficient organic solar cells with very low driving force
It was believed that efficient operation of organic solar cells requires a large driving force, which limits the efficiency of organic solar cells. Now, a large group of researchers led by Feng Gao, ... more

Toward 'greener,' inexpensive solar cells
Solar panels are proliferating across the globe to help reduce the world's dependency on fossil fuels. But conventional panels are not without environmental costs, too. Now scientists are reporting ... more
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Non-toxic solvent removes barrier to commercialization of perovskite solar cells
Scientists at Oxford University have developed a solvent system with reduced toxicity that can be used in the manufacture of perovskite solar cells, clearing one of the barriers to the commercialisa ... more

Record for perovskite/CIGS tandem solar module
Thin-film technologies can dramatically reduce the cost of next-generation solar modules. Whereas their production cost is low, it is in particular the combination of complementary absorber material ... more
Space News from
Did Europe's Mars lander survive? Time will tell: ESA

Building Blocks of Life's Building Blocks Come From Starlight

Glitch, safe mode as Juno space probe orbits Jupiter

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Boosting Europe's all-electric satellites

China to enhance space capabilities with launch of Shenzhou-11

Euro-Russian craft enters Mars orbit, but lander's fate unknown


Food waste could store solar and wind energy
Saving up excess solar and wind energy for times when the sun is down or the air is still requires a storage device. Batteries get the most attention as a promising solution although pumped hydroele ... more

S.Africa basks in continent's first solar-powered airport
At first glance there's nothing out of the ordinary about the regional airport in George, a town of just 150,000 residents on South Africa's south coast. ... more

New advances in solar cell technology
With the high environmental cost of conventional energy sources and the finite supply of fossil fuels, the importance of renewable energy sources has become much more apparent in recent years. Howev ... more

Motion-directed robots on a micro scale
Phototactic behaviour directs some bacteria towards light and others into darkness: This enables them to utilize solar energy as efficiently as possible for their metabolism, or, otherwise, protects ... more

Alberta takes first look at solar
The provincial government of Alberta said it was looking at whether solar power could replace expiring contracts to power its buildings. ... more


Global grand challenge strategy needed to develop clean energy
In a comment in this week's science journal Nature, an international group of researchers from nine countries call for a grand challenges strategy to set global priorities for developing renewable e ... more

After Paris, India gets support for solar power
After depositing its signature to the Paris climate deal, India's low-carbon objectives received financial support to advance solar energy, a lender said. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Philippines' Duterte says 'goodbye' to US ties in Beijing

N. Korea fails again with powerful Musudan missile test

Navy selects radar for unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scout

Iraq forces move to retake Christian town on way to Mosul

US tries to end spat threatening Mosul battle

US general suspects Iran role in Huthi attacks on US ships

Yahoo calls for 'transparency' from US spy agencies

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Researchers report advance in low-cost clean energy generation


Farewell Rosetta: ESA Mission to Conclude on Comet's Surface


Stacked Solar Module achieves unprecedented efficiency at 17.8 Percent


A cost-efficient compact hybrid system for solar-diesel microgrids


Huawei Solar expands European supply center


Columbia Chemists Find Key to Manufacturing More Efficient Solar Cells


Canadian Solar Subsidiary Recurrent Energy Completes 200 Megawatt Tranquillity Solar Project


OPDE begins construction of a new 5MWp solar farm in the UK


CleanFund closes 6 transactions for commercial buildings in California


More Mid West locations to get finance for home energy improvements

Tenaska's Second Large-scale Solar Project Begins Commercial Operation

New NOMAD sea buoy utilizes renewables for reliable data monitoring and transmitting from ocean to shore

New fabric uses sun and wind to power devices

Water helps assembly of biofibers that could capture sunlight

Rapid gene analysis method accelerates photosynthesis studies

Solar panels + lead-acid batteries to increase electricity self-sufficiency

US should act to support innovation in increasingly clean electric power technologies

DOE SunShot Initiative supports five ASU solar research projects

MiaSole aims to revolutionize flexible ultra-light solar technology

The Golden State gets greener with Interior decision

ARENA solar funding shines on - for now

ERC to revolutionize efficiency, cost and stability of thin-film solar cells

New perovskite research discoveries may lead to solar cell, LED advances

New tool can calculate renewable energy output anywhere in the world

NREL supercomputing provides insights from higher wind and solar generation in eastern grid

Recurrent Energy announces commercial operation of 100MW Mustang solar power project

A new technique opens up advanced solar cells

Growing PV pipelines across Europe await policy support

Canada talks up low-carbon ties with China

Solar cell is more efficient, costs less than its counterparts

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