Researchers at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed a photovoltaic window that automatically transitions from transparent to darkened as it generates solar energy.
With the large-scale penetration of renewable energy, both at the utility and residential levels, comes a number of challenges, including integrating this capacity, with its unique, intermittent characteristics, onto the grid.
Researchers at the Department of Energy lab have 3D-printed solar-power receivers that are up to 20 percent better at absorbing sunlight than current technology, as well as less expensive to fabricate.
An international research team has found that defects in the crystalline structure of perovskite—which is used to make solar cells—can be healed permanently by exposing them to light, improving the material in its generation of solar energy.
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a vacuum-powered, soft pneumatic actuator that can be modularly deployed for a variety of robotics applications.