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Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:10:19 UTC

Potassium gives perovskite-based solar cells an efficiency boost

A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity. … read more
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:24:02 UTC

Obtaining energy from marine currents

Researchers have developed procedures and designs to obtain energy from marine currents in areas of great depths optimizing the more
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:39:06 UTC

Chirping is welcome in birds but not in fusion devices

Birds do it and so do doughnut-shaped fusion facilities called 'tokamaks.' But tokamak chirping -- a rapidly changing frequency wave that can be far above what the human ear can detect -- is hardly welcome to researchers who seek to bring the fusion that powers the sun and stars to more
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:06:24 UTC

Monocrystalline silicon thin film for cost-cutting solar cells with 10-times faster growth rate fabricated

Researchers have successfully produced high-quality thin film monocrystalline silicon with a reduced crystal defect density down to the silicon wafer level at a growth rate that is more than 10 times higher than before. In principle, this method can improve the raw material yield to nearly 100%. … read more
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:12:12 UTC

As Industry Headwinds Mount, Solar Job Growth Stalls

After years of steady job growth and support from friendly policymakers in Washington, the solar industry now finds itself grappling with an increasingly uncertain future. Industry Report: Solar Jobs Fell for First Time since 2010 In February, The Solar Foundation – a nonprofit solar advocacy organization – released its 2017 National Solar Jobs Census. This […]

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:02:21 UTC

Research gets closer to producing revolutionary battery to power renewable energy industry

New research verges on development of a commercial hydrogen-bromine flow battery, an advanced industrial-scale battery design engineers have strived to develop since the more
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:02:17 UTC

Chemists use abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements to synthesize semiconductors

Chemists have synthesized a new material for semiconductors. The chemists think the material will work well in solar cells, but without the toxicity, scarcity or costs of other semiconductors. … read more
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:39:47 UTC

All power to the proton: Researchers make battery breakthrough

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable 'proton battery' that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices. … read more
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:27:38 UTC

With a TENG, solar cells could work come rain or shine

Despite the numerous advances in solar cells, one thing remains constant: cloudy, rainy conditions put a damper on the amount of electricity created. Now researchers have developed hybrid solar cells that can generate power from raindrops. … read more
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:57:59 UTC

Running on renewables: How sure can we be about the future?

A variety of models predict the role renewables will play in 2050, but some may be over-optimistic, and should be used with caution, say researchers. … read more
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:53:56 UTC

Engineer creates solution to cheaper, longer lasting battery packs

The new technology called a bilevel equalizer is the first hybrid that combines the high performance of an active equalizer with the low cost of the passive equalizer. … read more
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:02:11 UTC

New dual-atom catalyst shows promise to yield clean energy by artificial photosynthesis

An international team of researchers has synthesized a dispersed catalyst featuring two atoms, yielding a stable and highly active platform that could facilitate solar water oxidation for the production and storage of clean energy, the team reports. … read more
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:29:55 UTC

Materials 'sandwich' breaks barrier for flexible solar cell efficiency

Nanomaterials researchers have devised a method to significantly improve the efficiency of organic solar cells. They used a squaraine molecule to both donate electrons and better orient the PBDB-T polymer with the ITIC non-fullerene acceptor. Combined with another design mechanism the group previously pioneered, they achieved efficiency gains of more than 10 percent in converting solar energy into power. The flexible cells could eventually be used in wearables and more. … read more
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:45:20 UTC

The principle of electric wind in plasma

Scientists have identified the basic principle of electric wind in plasma. This finding will contribute to developing technology in various applications of plasma, including fluid control more
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:24:28 UTC

Aqueous storage device needs only 20 seconds to go

A research team developed a new hybrid energy storage device that can be charged in less than half a minute. It employs aqueous electrolytes instead of flammable organic solvents, so it is both environmentally friendly and safe. It also facilitates a boosting charge with high energy density, which makes it suitable for portable electronic devices. … read more
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