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July 2, 2015

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July 2, 2015

Russia's Renewable Energy Policy: Profitable for Investors

June 23, 2015 — In 2013, Russia implemented an incentive system for renewable energy sources that is based on the wholesale electricity capacity mechanism. It is intended to increase the share of renewable energy in ... read more

Highest Certified Efficiency for Perovskite Solar Cells Measuring Over One Square Centimetre

June 18, 2015 — Researchers have achieved a 15% energy conversion efficiency in perovskite solar cells for the first time in the world, as officially recognized by an international public test ... read more

New Methane Bioreactor Produces Environmentally Friendly Energy, Mitigates Climate Change

June 16, 2015 — A new methane bioreactor boosts environmentally friendly energy to the markets. The reactor stores renewable energy and produces synthetic biomethane with good efficiency. The new technology can help ... read more

Solar Power: Finding Safe and Efficient Home Storage Systems

June 2, 2015 — How do I find the right storage system for my application? This question is asked by many potential buyers. Battery storage systems available on the market differ considerably in terms of safety, ... read more

American Energy Use Up Slightly, Carbon Emissions Almost Unchanged

May 20, 2015 — Americans' energy use continued to grow slowly in 2014, fueled by increases in the use of natural gas, wind and solar, according to the most recent energy flow ... read more

May 19, 2015 — A new process has been developed for spontaneously incorporating and assembling carbon nanotubes and oxygen-scavenging nanoparticles into chloroplasts, the part of plant cells that conduct ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Researchers have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1 percent efficiency on nanostructured silicon solar cells. An almost 4 percent absolute increase to their previous record was achieved ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new composite photocathode for generating hydrogen using sunlight. The photocathode consists of a thin film of chalcopyrite coated with a newly developed thin film of ... read more

May 11, 2015 — A moth's eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for an antireflective water-repelling, or superhydrophobic, glass coating that holds significant potential for solar panels, lenses, detectors, ... read more

May 6, 2015 — A research team has developed an inkjet printing technology to produce kesterite thin film absorbers. Based on the inkjet-printed absorbers, solar cells with total area conversion efficiency of up to ... read more

First Field-Effect Transistors on Hybrid Perovskites Fabricated for First Time

May 5, 2015 — Researchers have fabricated halide organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite field-effect transistors and measure their electrical characteristics at room temperature for the first time. Hybrid perovskites ... read more

May 5, 2015 — The sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only we knew how to harvest and save it. ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — A new study demonstrates that perovskite materials - superefficient crystal structures that have recently taken the scientific community by storm - contain flaws that can be engineered to improve ... read more

Artificial Photosynthesis Could Help Make Fuels, Plastics and Medicine

Apr. 29, 2015 — The global industrial sector accounts for more than half of the total energy used every year. Now scientists are inventing a new artificial photosynthetic system that could one day reduce ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Engineering researchers have invented a novel electrical power converter system that simultaneously accepts power from a variety of energy sources and converts it for use in the electrical grid ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — Scientists have invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered -- it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. They designed a pixel ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Researchers have developed a novel design for electromagnetic energy harvesting based on the "full absorption concept." This involves the use of metamaterials that can be tailored to ... read more

California's Solar Incentive Program Has Had Only Modest Impact on Adoption Rates

Apr. 8, 2015 — According to a new analysis, California's aggressive incentive program for installing rooftop solar-electric systems has not been as effective as generally ... read more

Shifts in Electricity Generation Spur Net Job Growth, but Coal Jobs Decline

Apr. 7, 2015 — In four years following the 2008 recession, the US coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while the natural gas, solar, and wind industries together created nearly four times that amount, ... read more

Battery Energy Storage Project Shows Promise for Electricity Network

Apr. 2, 2015 — Scientists have revealed the potential of a new battery energy storage system to reduce electricity prices while improving power efficiency and ... read more

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