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  • Breakthrough in new material to harness solar power could transform energy
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Toledo OH (SPX) May 15, 2019 The most affordable, efficient way to harness the cleanest, most abundant renewable energy source in the world is one step closer to reality. The University of Toledo physicist pushing the performance of solar cells to levels never before reached made a significant breakthrough in the chemical formula and process to make the new material. Working in collaboration with the U.S. Depart […]

  • Army discovery opens path to safer batteries
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Adelphi MD (SPX) May 13, 2019 Soldiers carrying 15-25 pounds of batteries could carry batteries a fraction of the weight but with the same energy and improved safety, a new study shows. In the latest issue of the journal Nature, researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, the Army's corporate research laboratory known as ARL, and the University of Maryland demonstrated a t […]

  • Clean fuel cells could be cheap enough to replace gas engines in vehicles
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Waterloo, Canada (SPX) May 09, 2019 Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo. The researchers have developed a new fuel cell that lasts at least 10 times longer than current technology, an improvement that would make them economically practical, if mass-produced, to power vehicles […]

  • A step for a promising new battery to store clean energy
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Columbus OH (SPX) May 15, 2019 Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the nation's power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops. In a study published Friday in the journal Batteries and Supercaps, researchers from The Ohio State University detailed their findings centering around the construction of t […]

  • Secrets of fluorescent microalgae could lead to super-efficient solar cells
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Birmingham UK (SPX) May 10, 2019 Tiny light-emitting microalgae, found in the ocean, could hold the secret to the next generation of organic solar cells, according to new research carried out at the Universities of Birmingham and Utrecht. Microalgae are probably the oldest surviving living organisms on the planet. They have evolved over billions of years to possess light harvesting systems that are up to 95 per cent effic […]

  • Fluoride radically improves the stability of perovskite solar cells
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) May 15, 2019 Solar cells made of perovskite hold much promise for the future of solar energy. The material is cheap, easy to produce and almost as efficient as silicon, the material traditionally used in solar cells. However, perovskite degrades quickly, severely limiting its efficiency and stability over time. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, energy research institute DIFFER, Pekin […]

  • ABC Solar Files in LA Court to Defend Solar Rights Act against City of Rolling Hills Estates
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 09, 2019 Today ABC Solar filed a complaint against the City of Rolling Hills Estates and its vendor Los Angeles County at the Hill Street Court House. The focus of the enforcement action is to force RHE and LA County to be 100% in compliance with the letter and the spirit of the California Solar Rights Act and its associated laws. The State clearly legislates the importance of solar energy to California. […]

  • DNV GL launches SolarFarmer PV plant modelling software to handle complex terrain
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Hovik, Norway (SPX) May 15, 2019 DNV GL's SolarFarmer software for modelling, design and analysis of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants can accurately and efficiently handle the demands of layouts in increasingly complex terrain. As the demand for solar energy increases, solar plant design are becoming more challenging as the terrain becomes more complex. This will require PV plant design software that can perform more reliab […]

  • Fluoride boosts the stability of perovskite solar cells
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Washington (UPI) May 13, 2019 The addition of a small amount of fluoride, the same chemical added to municipal water to prevent tooth decay, increases the stability of perovskite solar cells. Perovskite is the cheapest solar cell material available, and its efficiency has been rapidly improving. Unfortunately, it's not all that durable. Perovskite degrades quickly, undermining its long-term reliability. Over […]

  • Solar FlexRack's Install Base Exceeds a Half a Gigawatt in Canada
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Youngstown OH (SPX) May 15, 2019 Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, reports it has successfully installed over 550 MW of solar projects in Canada. The accomplishment brings Solar FlexRack's total to more than 2 GW worldwide. Global single-axis tracker sales increased by over 40% in 2018 according to IHS Markit*. Solar FlexRack […]

  • Copper oxide photocathodes: laser experiment reveals location of efficiency loss
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 10, 2019 Copper oxide (Cu2O) is a very promising candidate for future solar energy conversion: as a photocathode, the copper oxide (a semiconductor) might be able to use sunlight to electrolytically split water and thus generate hydrogen, a fuel that can chemically store the energy of sunlight. Copper oxide has a band gap of 2 electron volts, which matches up very well with the energy spectrum of s […]

  • Solvent additive-free ternary polymer solar cells with 16 pecentt efficiency
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Beinjing, China (SPX) May 15, 2019 It has become a hot topic to further improve the efficiency of polymer solar cells (PSCs) from device physics. Ternary strategy provides a very potential solution for simultaneous optimization of materials selection and device fabrication process. Since 2013, Prof. Fujun Zhang's group focused on the research of ternary PSCs. Zhang's group has carried out a series of researches on ternary s […]

  • Development of 'transparent and flexible battery' for power generation and storage at once
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Daegu, South Korea (SPX) May 09, 2019 Various use of electronics and skin-attachable devices are expected with the development of transparent battery that can both generate and store power. DGIST announced on Tuesday, April 23 that Senior Researcher Changsoon Choi's team in the Smart Textile Research Group developed film-type graphene based multifunctional transparent energy devices. Senior Researcher Changsoon Choi's team act […]

  • New Argonne coating could have big implications for lithium batteries
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Lemont IL (SPX) May 15, 2019 Coating provides extra layer of protection for battery cathodes. Building a better lithium-ion battery involves addressing a myriad of factors simultaneously, from keeping the battery's cathode electrically and ionically conductive to making sure that the battery stays safe after many cycles. In a new discovery, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Lab […]

  • Solar-powered hydrogen fuels a step closer
    on May 20, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Bath UK (SPX) May 09, 2019 A cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable way of making hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight is step closer thanks to new research from the University of Bath's Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. With the pressure on global leaders to reduce carbon emissions significantly to solve a climate change emergency, there is an urgent need to develop cleaner energy alternatives to burn […]