New solar-cell design based on dots and wires
March 25, 2013MIT researchers improve efficiency of quantum-dot photovoltaic system by adding a forest of nanowires.
MIT researchers develop solar-to-fuel roadmap for crystalline silicon
March 4, 2013New analysis points the way to optimizing efficiency of an integrated system for harvesting sunlight to make storable fuel.
MIT’s Ernest J. Moniz nominated Secretary of Energy
March 4, 2013President Obama’s pick is head of the MIT Energy Initiative and a former undersecretary of energy.
Capturing energy from the sun
January 23, 2013MIT investigators are inspired by a deep-sea bacterium that is able to harvest tiny amounts of incoming solar energy with exquisite efficiency.
Michael Liebreich sees shift to cleaner energy as inevitable
January 17, 2013Chief executive officer of Bloomberg New Energy Finance says clean energy will eventually be the norm.
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 20, 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 6, 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 6, 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 22, 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 13, 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 26, 2011Vast amounts of solar energy radiate to the Earth constantly, but tapping that energy cost-effectively remains a challenge.