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Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:45:43 UTC

How to build efficient organic solar cells

Twenty-five researchers from seven research institutes have put their heads together to draw up rules for designing high-efficiency organic solar cells. … read more
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:45:14 UTC

How gold nanoparticles could improve solar energy storage

Star-shaped gold nanoparticles, coated with a semiconductor, can produce hydrogen from water over four times more efficiently than other methods - opening the door to improved storage of solar energy and other advances that could boost renewable energy use and combat climate change, according to researchers. … read more
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:55:39 UTC

Different strategy of cycling teams in escape attempts

A new study based on wind tunnel research on a peloton of 121 cyclists may explain why so few 'breakaways' in professional cycling races, like this year's Tour de France, are more
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:16:32 UTC

Conductive property of graphene, advancing promise of solar technology

Researchers have connected a graphene layer with two other atomic layers (molybdenum diselenide and tungsten disulfide) thereby extending the lifetime of excited electrons in graphene by several hundred times. The work may speed development of ultrathin and flexible solar cells with high efficiency. … read more
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:46:05 UTC

Oil rigs may end their days as valuable artificial reefs

A large group of international researchers have just published a scientific article in which they encourage environmental authorities across the globe to rethink the idea of removing oil rigs, wind turbines and other installations in the sea when they are worn more
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:11:21 UTC

Salt is key ingredient for cheaper and more efficient batteries

A new design of rechargeable battery, created using salt, could lead the way for greener energy. Researchers have designed the novel energy store which allows for greater power while also lasting longer than conventional batteries. … read more
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 22:58:10 UTC

Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan

Sustainable energy and transport, shared autonomy, and saving the world. Here’s how Elon Musk’s vision is becoming reality. Tesla Master Plan, Part 1 From 0 to Mainstream: Hot off the heels of his PayPal victory and determined to change the status quo, Musk launched Tesla in 2003, at the same time he was building SpaceX. His […]

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Thu, 05 Jul 2018 15:40:03 UTC

New world record for direct solar water-splitting efficiency

An international team of researchers has now succeeded in raising the efficiency of producing hydrogen from direct solar water-splitting to a record 19 per cent. They did so by combining a tandem solar cell of III-V semiconductors with a catalyst of rhodium nanoparticles and a crystalline titanium dioxide coating. … read more
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:42:15 UTC

Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy, even under overcast skies

Researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright light. This innovation could be a step toward wider adoption of solar power in places like British Columbia and parts of northern Europe where overcast skies are common. … read more
Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:28:39 UTC

Material could help windows both power your home and control its temperature

Environmentally friendly building trends have boosted the popularity of window coatings that keep heating and cooling costs down by blocking out unneeded parts of sunlight. They have also inspired scientists and engineers to create thin, see-through solar cells to turn windows into miniature electricity generators. Researchers have gone a step further and combined these two functions into one window-compatible material that could double the energy efficiency of an average household. … read more
Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:00:07 UTC

High performance nitride semiconductor for environmentally friendly photovoltaics

A research team has shown how n-type and p-type copper nitride semiconductors could potentially replace the conventional toxic or rare materials in photovoltaic cells. … read more
Mon, 02 Jul 2018 19:47:36 UTC

The vanishing nuclear industry

Could nuclear power make a significant contribution to decarbonizing the US energy system over the next three or four decades? Probably not. … read more
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 14:25:51 UTC

Breakthrough in perovskite solar cell technology

A new technique has produced the highest performing inverted perovskite solar cell ever recorded. … read more
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 20:03:43 UTC

A milestone on the path towards efficient solar cells: Singlet fission

Generating more electricity from solar cells and conducting further research into so-called singlet fission. Singlet fission could considerably boost the efficiency of solar cells -- and thanks to the latest research it is one step closer to becoming possible. … read more
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 15:13:03 UTC

Bright Future Ahead for Solar-Powered Drones

Despite Facebook’s recent grounding of it’s solar drone program, the long-term future looks bright for solar powered drones. The simultaneous proliferation of solar panels and drones in modern society provides a sneak peak of what the future holds for these constantly innovating technologies. Two Fitting Partners If you want to win some easy money, bet […]

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