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Challenging The Solar Debate

“It is difference of opinion that makes horse races,” said Mark Twain. But what’s the leading opinion on whether photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are really the ecological and economical solution they are cracked up to be? Here, Dr Franky So, chief technology officer of Nextgen Nano, reveals a new technology that’s entered the race and could undertake […]

Material challenges in renewable energy

New research claims that, in the race against climate change, the renewable energy industry must embrace the circular economy. Matthew Stone of NextGen Nano, explains how energy companies can overcome this obstacle.   By 2050, the European Union (EU) aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 per cent, compared with levels recorded in […]

Organic light-emitting diodes demonstrate high luminosity at lower voltages

A team of researchers from organic photovoltaic cell development company Nextgen Nano has discovered a means of producing organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that demonstrate high luminosity at lower voltages. The findings, published in Nature Communications, will lay the groundwork for efficient high-performance OLED devices in the future and may change future approaches to organic semiconductor […]

Blue OLED chemistry emits efficiently below bandgap voltage

Leveraging specially crafted organic molecules with a large singlet-triplet splitting, researchers from North Carolina State University demonstrated blue OLED chemistries able to form triplet excitons via direct charge injection.   Through subsequent triplet fusion, this allows the organic molecules to become electroluminescent below bandgap voltages, close to their triplet energy, yielding OLEDs operating with a […]

Could ultra-thin solar cells be the answer to supporting the electricity grid as the electric vehicle market grows?

25 years after the first practical electric car was developed, the electric vehicle (EV) market is booming. January 2019 saw the number of EVs sold in the UK increase 110% from the previous year, and Ireland saw a 500% growth. UK-based Nextgen Nano says its nanotechnology could facilitate the surging demand for power for EVs. […]

How your next electric vehicle could soon be made from flexible solar panels.

A new technological breakthrough could change the way we power electric cars. New polymer-based flexible solar panels could eventually cover the outside of your vehicle, allowing it to charge as you drive. This significant breakthrough could have wide repercussions on how we power a range of technologies. Here, Dr Franky So, inventor and chief technology […]

Cutting The Cord On Electric Vehicles

A new technological breakthrough could change the way we power electric cars. New polymer-based flexible solar panels could eventually cover the outside of your vehicle, allowing it to charge as you drive. This significant breakthrough could have wide repercussions on how we power a range of technologies. Here, Dr Franky So, inventor and chief technology […]

Has the sun set on second-gen solar?

In October 2018, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Global Warming at 1.5 degrees report. The landmark report highlighted the need for businesses and governments to act immediately to reverse the human impact on climate change. Here, Matthew Stone at organic polymer solar cell producer NextGen Nano, explains why this […]