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.
While you’re up, print me a solar cell
July 10, 2011New MIT-developed materials make it possible to produce photovoltaic cells on paper or fabric, nearly as simply as printing a document.
‘Artificial leaf’ moves closer to reality
June 8, 2011MIT researchers develop a device that combines a solar cell with a catalyst to split water molecules and generate energy.
BigBelly Solar at MIT: smart compactors with a green streak
April 6, 2011