Solar energy

Photosynthesis, reimaginedMarch 27, 2014

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with researchers from Arizona State University have found a way to imitate Photosystem II, the first protein complex in the long chain of reactions that use energy from the sun to create usable fuel.

New solar cell technology captures high-energy photons more efficientlyJanuary 23, 2014

Scientists at Argonne and the University of Texas at Austin have together developed a new, inexpensive material that has the potential to capture and convert solar energy — particularly from the bluer part of the spectrum — much more efficiently than ever before.

Assessing the health risk of solar development on contaminated landsDecember 11, 2013

A recently published report from Argonne's Environmental Science division presents a methodology for assessing potential human health risks of developing utility-scale solar facilities on contaminated, previously developed sites.

A new material for solar panels could make them cheaper, more efficientDecember 11, 2013

A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that can harness energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light.