Science for Energy – new thematic report

The third in the JRC's series of thematic reports has been published. Entitled ' Science for Energy ', this new publication gives an insight into the research carried out by the JRC in the areas of energy efficiency, security of energy supply, re... Lees verder »

Thin film PV maintains its rapid development pace

Whereas silicon wafer based PV technology keeps improving and production costs of PV electricity keeps falling, thin film PV is on its way to develop as a mass product as well. Most experts judge that thin film solar cells will dominate the solar... Lees verder »

Stanford scientists build the first all-carbon solar cell

Stanford University scientists have built the first solar cell made entirely of carbon, a promising alternative to the expensive materials used in photovoltaic devices today. The results are published in today's online edition of the journal ... Lees verder »

Two-thirds of the world's new solar panels were installed in Europe in 2011

Europe accounted for two thirds of the world-wide newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, with 18.5 GW. Its overall PV capacity totalled 52 GW. The yearly electricity produced by PV could power a country with the electricity demand of... Lees verder »

Spinach power gets a major boost

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a way to combine the photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy in spinach with silicon, the material used in solar cells, in a fashion t... Lees verder »

Solar cell turns windows into generators

Researchers at Flinders University, Australia, have developed a solar cell that uses carbon nanotubes rather than the traditional silicon-based solar cells. Carbon nanotubes are a promising alternative to silicon as they are cheaper to make and m... Lees verder »

Comparing Light-Conversion Efficiency of Plants and Manmade Solar Cells

Scientists now have a way to more accurately compare how efficiently plants and photovoltaic, or solar, cells convert sunlight into energy, thanks to findings by a research consortium that published a study in  Science . Source: USD... Lees verder »

Germany Sets New Renewable Energy Record in 2011

Germany's Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) reports that renewable energy supplied nearly 21 percent of the country's electricity during the first half of 2011. Sources: Renewable Energy World, 6 September, 2011 , BDEW, 29 Au... Lees verder »

Photovoltaics among fastest growing industries in the world

The tenth edition of the PV Status  Report  of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre indicates that in 2010, the photovoltaic (PV) industry production more than doubled and reached a world-wide production volume of 23.5 gig... Lees verder »

Elsevier Biofuel Launched to Guide Innovation

Elsevier Biofuels  is a new tool  for biofuel managers and research development professionals to help solve innovation challenges. It is an online search and discovery tool that gives companies access to the highest level of ... Lees verder »
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