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May 18, 2017 — Many elements are required for making the energy system more sustainable. Among them are smart solar storage systems, smartly interconnected energy grids, and electricity-based synthetic fuels ... read more

Apr. 26, 2017 — Scientists show how light affects perovskite film formation in solar cells, which is a critical factor in using them for cost-effective and energy-efficient ... read more

A More Than 100% Quantum Step Toward Producing Hydrogen Fuel

Apr. 25, 2017 — Efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are advancing on various significant fronts. Initiatives include research focused on more efficient production of gaseous hydrogen fuel by using solar ... read more

Modeling Reveals How Policy Affects Adoption of Solar Energy Photovoltaics in California

Apr. 25, 2017 — Researchers inspired by efforts to promote green energy, are exploring the factors driving commercial customers in Southern California, both large and small, to purchase and install solar ... read more

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

Bright Future for Self-Charging Batteries

Apr. 24, 2017 — Who hasn't lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? This could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology under ... read more

Apr. 24, 2017 — Solar cells convert the sun's energy into electricity by converting photons into electrons. A new solar cell design could raise the energy conversion efficiency to over 50% by absorbing the ... read more

Apr. 18, 2017 — With Earth Day approaching, new research could help people save more energy, regardless of location, if they adjust the angles of solar panels four to five times a year, based on the ... read more

New World Record for Solar Hydrogen Production

Apr. 18, 2017 — Scientists have recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting ... read more

Researchers Capture Excess Photon Energy to Produce Solar Fuels

Apr. 18, 2017 — Scientists have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating ... read more

New Perovskite Ink Opens Window for Quality Cells

Apr. 18, 2017 — Scientists have developed a new perovskite ink with a long processing window that allows the scalable production of perovskite thin films for high-efficiency solar ... 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

Apr. 6, 2017 — As clean technology costs continue to fall, the world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, at an investment level 23 percent lower than 2015, new UN-backed research ... read more

The Perfect Pattern to Trap Light

Apr. 18, 2017 — Superimposing two lattices of similar periods creates structures that researchers can design to control and localize ... 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

Mar. 31, 2017 — A new study finds key to produce perovskite solar cells that display both high efficiency (21.2%) and long-term stability (1,000 hours of light ... 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

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