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April 30, 2017

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April 30, 2017

Pathway for Generating Up to 10 Terawatts of Power from Sunlight by 2030

Apr. 25, 2017 — The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being ... read more

Apr. 17, 2017 — Photosynthesis requires a mechanism to produce large amounts of chemical energy without losing the oxidative power needed to break down water. A research team has clarified part of this mechanism, ... read more

New Class of Optoelectronic Materials Developed

Apr. 11, 2017 — A new class of semiconductor materials has been pioneered that might enhance the functionality of optoelectronic devices and solar panels -- perhaps even using one hundred times less material than ... read more

Americans Used More Clean Energy in 2016

Apr. 10, 2017 — Americans used more renewable energy in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the most recent energy flow charts. Overall, energy consumption was nearly ... read more

Researchers Offer Novel Method for Calculating the Benefits of Renewable Energy

Apr. 4, 2017 — A novel system for assessing the potential of renewable energy resources has now been developed by researchers. This method can help to assess the future exploitable technical potential of wind and ... read more

Bio-Inspired Energy Storage: A New Light for Solar Power

Mar. 31, 2017 — Inspired by the western Swordfern, a groundbreaking prototype could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution. The new type of electrode could boost ... read more

Modern Alchemy Creates Luminescent Iron Molecules

Mar. 30, 2017 — Scientists have made the first iron-based molecule capable of emitting light. This could contribute to the development of affordable and environmentally friendly materials for e.g. solar cells, light ... read more

Mar. 27, 2017 — To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a ... read more

New Study Calls for US Solar Policy Reform

Mar. 23, 2017 — Researchers suggest reforming US solar policies and encourage closer collaboration between the United States and China on solar energy in a new ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — Researchers have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) with the first micro-scale self-sustaining cell, which generated power for 13 straight days through symbiotic interactions of ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time ... read more

Revealing the Microscopic Mechanisms in Perovskite Solar Cells

Mar. 21, 2017 — In just a few years, researchers have achieved remarkable power conversion efficiency with materials with perovskite crystal structure, comparable with the best photovoltaic materials available. Now, ... read more

Mar. 21, 2017 — In the future, solar cells can become twice as efficient by employing a few smart little nano-tricks, suggest investigators in a new ... read more

Liquid Storage of Solar Energy: More Effective Than Ever Before

Mar. 20, 2017 — Researchers have demonstrated efficient solar energy storage in a chemical liquid. The stored energy can be transported and then released as heat whenever needed, they ... read more

Nanotube Film May Resolve Longevity Problem of Challenger Solar Cells

Mar. 17, 2017 — Researchers have lengthened the lifetime of perovskite solar cells by using nanotube film to replace the gold used as the back contact and the organic material in the hole ... read more

New Electron Source for Materials Analysis

Mar. 15, 2017 — Physicists have succeeded in accelerating the determination of material properties as well as making it more efficient. They have developed a special electron source which greatly simplifies the ... read more

Mar. 15, 2017 — In the future, a new type of tiny redox flow battery will supply tightly packed electronic components with energy, while also dissipating the heat they produce, suggest ... read more

Hydrogen on Demand

Mar. 13, 2017 — Using solar energy, researchers have developed a new method for safely and efficiently producing hydrogen in a centralized manner, miles away from the solar farm. It could greatly reduce the cost of ... read more

Scientists Harness Solar Power to Produce Clean Hydrogen from Biomass

Mar. 13, 2017 — A team of scientists has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It's using natural light to generate hydrogen from ... read more

Environmentally Friendly, Almost Electricity-Free Solar Cooling

Mar. 13, 2017 — Demand and the need for cooling are growing as the effects of climate change intensify. An emission-free, solar-powered chiller has now been developed by scientists. The potential market is ... read more

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