MIT Explains How To Turn an Old Car Battery Into a Working Solar Cell

There are over 1 billion cars in the world, and the vast majority of them use batteries made from lead. As lithium batteries replace these old timers, eventually there may be many of the lead suckers sitting in landfills. Which is why MIT wanted to find a way to reuse them—by turning them into a new kind of solar… » 8/18/14 4:22pm 8/18/14 4:22pm

MIT's Self-Assembling Solar Cells Recycle Themselves Repeatedly, Just…

Plants are extremely efficient converters of light into energy, setting the bar for researchers creating photovoltaic cells. A team of MIT scientists believe they've created a synthetic chloroplast that can be broken down and reassembled repeatedly, restoring sun-damaged solar cells. » 9/02/10 4:40pm 9/02/10 4:40pm

Inventor of Photosynthesis-Based Solar Cells Wins Millennium Tech Prize

A Switzerland-based chemist who invented solar cells that mimic photosynthesis is the winner of a million-dollar technology prize announced Wednesday. Michael Gratzel invented low-cost solar cells that can be turned into electricity-generating windows, mobile solar panels and other devices. » 6/10/10 4:20pm 6/10/10 4:20pm

Latest Super-Efficient Solar Technology Captures Every Color of the…

Not surprisingly, there are several ongoing attempts to increase the efficiency of solar cells: IBMs use of concentrator photovoltaics » 10/20/08 12:15pm 10/20/08 12:15pm or the University of Delaware's technology that into high energy, low energy, and medium energy chunks are a couple of examples. The latest breakthrough comes from Ohio State…

Cylinder Solar Panels Generate More Energy For Less Cost

Solyndra, a California-based solar start up, says it's figured out a way to make solar panels cheaper to install and better at producing energy—rolling them up. The company's solar panels are comprised of rows of cylindrical solar cells deposited on glass tubes, a new type of shape that purportedly lets them absorb… » 10/08/08 1:35am 10/08/08 1:35am

Flower Power to Solar Power: Artificial Plant has Solar Cell Leaves

A Japanese science and engineering team have created this crazy artificial houseplant with high-efficiency organic thin-film solar cells as leaves. Developed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, it's got about 9 square inches of power-generating area, and each flexible leaf has a… » 6/04/08 7:10am 6/04/08 7:10am

Nobel Scientist Creates World Record-Breaking Plastic Solar Cell

Nobel prize-winning scientist Alan Heeger and his buddies have figured out a way to print more-efficient plastic solar cells, boosting their efficiency to 6.5%, a world record for these photovoltaic polymers. Heeger and his colleagues perform this trick by using two layers of different types of plastic, and whenever… » 7/13/07 9:46am 7/13/07 9:46am