solar cell

Photovoltaic paint

Every year, billions of dollars are poured into developing new technologies and developments within the solar power industry. Despite this huge amount of money, time and energy put into developing solar energy, new ways of generating that energy are actually somewhat rare. Photovoltaic paint (or solar paint) is one of those products, and it’s one […]

High efficiency solar cells

New solar technologies are replacing conventional silicone solar cells with new high efficiency solar cells. Innovative new photovoltaic designs like dye sensitized solar cells, thin film cells and triple junction cells are being produced. It is hoped that by the year 2020 the cost of this source of renewable power will be competitive with fossil […]

Multijunction solar cells

Single layer solar cells are not very efficient and are not an optimal option for solar cells. This is mostly due to the fact that they are not capable of converting all light into electricity. Without going into too much detail, a single layer solar cell is only capable of converting light which more energy […]

How solar cells work

Solar cells are the heart of any solar energy system. They are the actual device that converts sunlight into electricity. The production of solar cells has been in constant expansion over the past 30 years, and continues to make up and ever-increasing percentage of the world’s energy supply. Solar cells have been in existence for […]

Crystalline silicon solar cells

Most solar panels you will find will likely consist of crystalline silicon solar cells. While these solar panels will be convenient and effective enough to be a worthwhile investment there are still some downsides to these solar cells. It is not necessarily said that crystalline silicon solar cells are terrible but rather the alternative is […]

Photovoltaic cells efficiency

The efficiency of photovoltaic cells can be very tricky to figure out and many of the companies that produce them take different routes when manufacturing their products. One of the most important things in the photovoltaic cell manufacturing process is the actual process in which they are produced. Different companies will use different materials and […]

Homemade solar cells

Solar cells take energy from the sun and convert it into power; several solar cells put together can be used to make solar modules, which in turn can be assembled to make solar panels. Solar cells are most recognized by the devices used to power calculators, but we can actually make these in our homes. […]

Solar shingles

Using solar energy is an ideal way to produce cleaner energy and reduce reliance on more traditional forms of energy production. However, some homeowners hesitate to use solar energy in their homes because of the way the solar panels used to produce this energy change the appearance of their roofs. Solar panels are very noticeable […]

Printable solar cells

For those of you who want to use solar power but haven’t been able to afford the high initial costs, printable solar cells have the potential to solve the problem. Printable solar cells would be much lower in cost than traditional photovoltaic panels. They are also lightweight and flexible, making printable solar cells much more […]

How to make solar cells

There are many different types of solar cell used today, each made using a different process. The most common type is the silicon solar cell which has been used for several decades. Silicon is first extracted from silica and formed into thin wafers, which are then converted into semiconductors by doping them with other elements, […]