Installing solar panels on a roof.
Solar cells make electricity directly from sunlight, but how do they do it?
This roof in Newcastle has become the first in Australia to be covered with specially printed solar cells.
University of Newcastle
The first commercial-scale installation of rooftop solar cells, printed with specialised inks, is a step towards an energy future in which solar power can be stuck to any roof or structure.
What if it were a lot easier to install solar power?
Silicon is cheap and a good semiconductor, but it's bulky and rigid. Using organic polymers as semiconductors could yield solar panels with the physical characteristics of plastics.
Ready layer one.
Layering substances like graphene in new ways could help us to build quantum computers or transmit electricity over long distances.
Understanding how certain proteins deal with light absorption can inspire modern solar technology.
Proteins guard their secrets closely, but once you get them to "sing", there's an enormous amount to learn.
Nanotechnology isn't science fiction – you can find it in the latest TV screens, solar cells and tennis rackets.
Looking through semitransparent cells – one day these could be big enough to make windows.
Solar windows would need to trap enough light to generate power, while letting through enough to keep buildings light. Thankfully, newly developed semitransparent cells offer to do just that.
If harnessed properly, the sun holds tremendous potential to provide sustainable energy for the earth.
Photosynthesis can teach scientists a lot about solar technologies.
Individual light-harvesting protein complexes have a remarkable ability. Light, which is normally effectively harvested, is also used to finely control how much of it should be harvested.
It’ll come down to politics in the end.
Is solar power the technology of the future? It is certainly the fastest-growing energy generation technology in the UK. By the early 2020s, according to a new report, it will be cost-competitive with…
Perovskite, the latest magical substance.
Whenever I tell people I work with solar cells I am asked the same two questions: are they ever going to be really cheap? And can you get me some? While the answer to the second question is no, the answer…
Layers of cool: a thin layer of glass added to solar cells could help them work better for longer.
Self-cooling, longer lasting and more efficient solar cells are within reach simply by adding a thin layer of glass. A paper…
A world record has been set for the conversion of sunlight into electricity using a newly designed solar cell structure…
Cheaper and less toxic solar cells for solar panels are at the core of a collaborative research project conducted by RMIT…
A new solar cell printer at CSIRO enables researchers to print organic photovoltaic cells around the size of an A3 sheet…
Do you see the light? Solar costs are comparable to fossil fuels, and are falling 45% annually.
Recent postings to The Conversation have enlivened the debate over the “Great Transition” that is underway all around the world from the fossil-fuelled energy systems of the 20th century to the renewably…