Flexible, light solar cells could provide new opportunities
December 21, 2012MIT researchers develop a new approach using graphene sheets coated with nanowires.
Funneling the sun’s energy
November 25, 2012MIT engineers propose a new way of harnessing photons for electricity, with the potential for capturing a wider spectrum of solar energy.
Patterning defect-free nanocrystal films with nanometer resolution
August 19, 2012New process developed at MIT could enable better LED displays, solar cells and biosensors — and foster basic physics research.
Bringing power to the people — and heat as well
August 5, 2012Sun-powered system developed by MIT students could provide electricity, heat and cooling to rural schools and clinics.
Researchers explain how dye-based nanotubes can help harvest light’s energy
July 5, 2012Tiny cylinders help reveal how natural-light-harvesting antennae collect light with exceptional efficiency.
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New technique allows simulation of noncrystalline materials
June 21, 2012Multidisciplinary team develops mathematical approach that could help in simulating materials for solar cells and LEDs.
Textured surface may boost power output of thin silicon solar cells
June 12, 2012MIT team finds new approach to trapping light efficiently in thin-film silicon solar cells.
Harnessing nature’s solar cells
February 3, 2012Photovoltaic panels made from plant material could become a cheap, easy alternative to traditional solar cells.
A test of teamwork, engineering skill and endurance across the Australian Outback
November 29, 2011After placing 15th in the 2011 Veolia World Solar Challenge, MIT’s Solar Electric Vehicle Team reflects on their experience and looks ahead to the future.
October 25, 2011Vast amounts of solar energy radiate to the Earth constantly, but tapping that energy cost-effectively remains a challenge.
What can make a dent?
October 23, 2011Given the enormous scale of worldwide energy use, there are limited options for achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Graphene shows unusual thermoelectric response to light
October 6, 2011Finding could lead to new photodetectors or energy-harvesting devices.
‘Artificial leaf’ makes fuel from sunlight
September 29, 2011Solar cell bonded to recently developed catalyst can harness the sun, splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.