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  • Materials scientists uncover source of degradation in sodium batteries
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jul 22, 2019 Batteries power our lives: we rely on them to keep our cell phones and laptops buzzing and our hybrid and electric cars on the road. But ever-increasing adoption of the most commonly used lithium-ion batteries may actually lead to increased cost and potential shortages of lithium - which is why sodium-ion batteries are being researched intensely as a possible replacement. They perform well, and […]

  • Breakthrough material could lead to cheaper, more widespread solar panels and electronics
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Lawrence KS (SPX) Jul 22, 2019 Imagine printing electronic devices using a simple inkjet printer - or even painting a solar panel onto the wall of a building. Such technology would slash the cost of manufacturing electronic devices and enable new ways to integrate them into our everyday lives. Over the last two decades, a type of material called organic semiconductors, made out of molecules or polymers, has been develo […]

  • Solar energy could turn the Belt and Road Initiative green
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Washington DC (SPX) Jul 10, 2019 The region covered by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has significant potential to be powered by solar energy, researchers report June 27 in the journal Joule. Less than 4 percent of the maximum solar potential of the region could meet the BRI's electricity demand for 2030. The research suggests a possible solution to reduce BRI countries' need for fossil fuels as they develop. This is the f […]

  • A new material for the battery of the future, made in UCLouvain
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Louvain, Belgium (SPX) Jul 22, 2019 Renewable sources of energy such as wind or photovoltaic are intermittent. The production peaks do not necessarily follow the demand peaks. Storing green energy is therefore essential to moving away from fossil fuels. The energy produced by photovoltaic cells is stored during the day and by wind-power when the wind blows to be used later on when needed. What do we have now? The Li-io […]

  • Bionic catalysts to produce clean energy
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jul 08, 2019 Mixing microbes with carbon nanomaterials could help the transition to renewable energy. KAUST research shows microbes and nanomaterials can be used together to form a biohybrid material that performs well as an electrocatalyst. The material could be used in the solar-powered production of carbon-free fuels and several other green-energy applications. At the heart of many clean energy tec […]

  • Could the heat of the Earth's crust become the ultimate energy source?
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jul 22, 2019 In a world where energy consumption is on the rise, our only hope is the development of new energy-generation technologies. Although currently used renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy have their merits, there is a gigantic, permanent, and untapped energy source quite literally under our noses: geothermal energy. Generating electricity from geothermal energy requires dev […]

  • Photon Energy connects three pv power plants to grid in Hungary
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Amsterdam, Netherlands (SPX) Jul 10, 2019 Photon Energy NV reports that its subsidiary Photon Energy Solutions HU Kft has built and grid-connected three photovoltaic power plants in Nagyecsed, Hungary with a total installed capacity of 2.1 MWp. This latest addition expands the Group's proprietary portfolio of PV power plants to 39.2 MWp. The plants, covering an area of 4.4 hectares, are connected to the grid of E.ON Tiszantuli Ara […]

  • Organic solar cells will last 10 years in space
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jul 11, 2019 Scientists from the Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology, the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS, and the Department of Chemistry of MSU presented solar cells based on conjugated polymers and fullerene derivatives, that demonstrated record-high radiation stability and withstand gamma radiation of >6,000 Gy raising hopes for their stable operation on the near-earth orb […]

  • Twenty overlooked benefits of distributed solar energy
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Davis CA (SPX) Jul 11, 2019 A new study provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy - from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. The paper offers a new framework for analyzing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits. The study, published in Nature Sustainability, was conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis; Lancaster Un […]

  • Solar power with a free side of drinking water
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jul 11, 2019 A multifunctional device that captures the heat shed by photovoltaic solar panels has been developed by KAUST and used to generate clean drinking water as a way to simultaneously generate electricity and water using only renewable energy. Water and energy production is deeply intertwined, says Wenbin Wang, a Ph.D. student in Peng Wang's labs at the University's Water Desalination and Reus […]

  • Getting more heat out of sunlight
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Boston MA (SPX) Jul 08, 2019 A newly developed material that is so transparent you can barely see it could unlock many new uses for solar heat. It generates much higher temperatures than conventional solar collectors do - enough to be used for home heating or for industrial processes that require heat of more than 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit). The key to the process is a new kind of aerogel, a lightw […]

  • Nanobowl arrays endow perovskite solar cells with iridescent colors
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 11, 2019 With the maturing of the perovskite solar cells (PSCs) technology, it is highly desirable to develop colorful solar cells to satisfy the requirements of aesthetic purposes in applications including building integrated photovoltaics and wearable electronics. The broad optical absorption and the large absorption coefficient of perovskites normally lead to high-efficiency cells with dark-brow […]

  • Surrey researchers clear runway for tin based perovskite solar cells
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Guildford UK (SPX) Jul 10, 2019 Researchers at the University of Surrey believe their tin based perovskite solar cell could clear the runway for solar panel technology to take off and help the UK reach its 2050 carbon neutral goal. As countries look to get to grips with climate change, solar cell technology is rapidly growing in popularity as an environmentally friendly energy alternative. Most commercial solar panels us […]

  • Window film could even out the indoor temperature using solar energy
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Jul 11, 2019 A window film with a specially designed molecule could be capable of taking the edge off the worst midday heat and instead distributing it evenly from morning to evening. The molecule has the unique ability to capture energy from the sun's rays and release it later as heat. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in the scientific journal Advanced Science. […]

  • Next-gen solar cells spin in new direction
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Jul 10, 2019 A nanomaterial made from phosphorus, known as phosphorene, is shaping up as a key ingredient for more sustainable and efficient next-generation perovskite solar cells (PSCs). PSCs which are one of the fastest developing new solar technologies and can achieve efficiencies comparable to more commonly used commercially available silicon solar cells. For the first time, an internationa […]