Researchers are creating novel types of photovoltaic devices that could finally make solar power a broadly practical source of renewable energy.
Solar cells can produce 10 times more electricity per gram of silicon thanks to this system.
The new design could lead to cheaper solar cells.
With catalysts created by an MIT chemist, sunlight can turn water into hydrogen. If the process can scale up, it could make solar power a dominant source of energy.
A new material could cheaply convert sunlight into hydrogen.
A new way to concentrate sunlight could make solar power competitive with fossil fuels.
New investment fuels promising energy research at MIT.
A technology developed by IBM to cool computer chips could be a boon for solar energy.
A California startup is cutting by half the amount of costly silicon used in solar panels.
Researchers are working on solar cells that use a novel organic dye.
A new solar cell is 27 percent more efficient without being more expensive to make.
Exotic materials and cheaper substrates could lead to better photovoltaics.
A more efficient way to concentrate sunlight could reduce the cost of producing solar power.
Arthur Nozik believes quantum-dot solar power could boost output in cheap photovoltaics.
Thin but efficient solar cells use one-tenth the silicon of conventional cells.
Integrating solar cells into building materials could make solar power more attractive to homeowners.
A novel photovoltaic technology moves into large-scale production.
New twists on three leading solar technologies.
A new solar panel could lower costs and improve efficiency.
Researchers consider plug-in hybrids charged by stationary solar arrays a better bet.
A startup is selling cylindrical solar cells that can generate more power than conventional panels.
New materials for high-performance cells could make solar power affordable.
Utilities are using the sun's heat to boil water for steam turbines.
The silicon shortage that has kept solar electricity expensive is ending.
Sunrgi claims that its concentrated photovoltaic system outshines the competition.
Researchers have found a cheap and easy way to store the energy made by solar power.
Silicon shortages drove up prices, but supplies are now increasing.
Solar research at MIT
A new design can make more-efficient thin-film solar cells using existing manufacturing equipment.
Optical antennas could help solar cells produce more energy.
IBM researchers have greatly increased the performance of a novel thin film solar cell.
1366 Technologies hopes to cut the cost of solar with cheaper manufacturing.
Plastic cells are lighter than silicon ones, but they're not as efficient--one company aims to fix that.
Applied Materials makes the equipment needed to produce the biggest solar panels in the world.
Its entrance to the market could help make solar power cheaper.
China's solar giant shifts its strategy.
A layer of optical fiber bristles doubles the performance of organic solar cells in tests.
Suntech CEO Zhengrong Shi made China a powerhouse in photovoltaic technology–and became a billionaire in the process. His next ambition: to make solar power as cheap as conventional electricity.
Nighttime flight is an important milestone--but solar power is unlikely to transform aviation.
Abound Solar says it has a simpler process to make cadmium-telluride solar cells.
A startup's polymer sticker increases power output by 10 percent, and can be applied to panels that are already installed.