Organics energize solar cell research
Researchers from Tulane University are using Mira to advance next-generation solar energy technologies by probing the functional interfaces found in organic and hybrid solar cells. The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) staff helped accelerate their research by enhancing the team’s code so simulations run up to 30 percent faster on the supercomputer.
The sun, that yellow dwarf star at the heart of our solar system, has lit up our skies for nearly 4.5 billion years. Through the process of nuclear fusion, the sun’s abundant hydrogen stores are converted to helium. The energy produced during this process is released, or radiated, beyond the sun’s surface, bathing its planetary neighbors in light and heat.
While Earth receives only a small fraction of this radiation, it constitutes an endless supply of potential energy, energy we have only recently begun to harvest and convert into electricity.