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Nanocone-Tips Take Solar Cell Efficiency to Next Level

Solar cells designed with 3-D nanocone tips can boost the light-to-power conversion efficiency of photovoltaics by a whopping 80%, according to research conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Cells in bending trees make good biofuels

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : TG Daily - Sustainability (3 years ago)

Since 2007, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been looking for ways to make cost-effective biofuels from nonfood "cellulosic" plant fibers. read more Read Post

Higher Efficiency with Quantum Dot Solar Cells

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Ecogeek (3 years ago)

Photovoltaic technology has taken another step forward as researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a photocell with an external quantum efficiency over 100 percent using quantum dots. The new ... Read Post

Solar cell could be cheaper than fossil fuel

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : TG Daily - Sustainability (3 years ago)

By harvesting waste heat, researchers from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have for the first time built a solar cell with an external quantum efficiency over 100 percent. read more Read Post


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