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Semitransparent and flexible: Solar cells made from atomically thin sheet
25 Sep 2017 at 6:55am
A new method for fabricating semitransperant, flexible solar cells has greatly improved power conversion efficiency.
A sustainable future powered by sea
22 Sep 2017 at 6:40am
Researchers develop turbines to convert the power of ocean waves into clean, renewable energy.
UK oil and gas reserves may last only a decade, study suggests
19 Sep 2017 at 9:31am
The UK has low oil and gas resources and limited prospects for fracking, according to a new analysis by scientists, who recommend a shift towards greater use of renewable, clean energy.
Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene
18 Sep 2017 at 12:17pm
Scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.
Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion
18 Sep 2017 at 12:17pm
Scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge of a creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use.
A solar cell you can put in the wash
18 Sep 2017 at 8:18am
Scientists have developed a new type of ultra-thin photovoltaic device, coated on both sides with stretchable and waterproof films, which can continue to provide electricity from sunlight even after being soaked in water or being stretched and compressed.
Fuel from waste and electricity?
18 Sep 2017 at 6:33am
Researchers have shown that the combination of microbial and electrochemical conversion of biomass can yield valuable products. For the example of corn beer and corn silage they have gained energy-dense alkanes with diesel-fuel like properties at high carbon and energetic yield.
Converting waste toilet paper into electricity
15 Sep 2017 at 2:02pm
Chemists have performed a techno-economic analysis of converting waste toilet paper into electricity. They propose a two-step process and calculate a cost per kWh comparable to that of residential photovoltaic installations.
How safe are critical infrastructures from hacker attacks?
9 Sep 2017 at 3:37pm
Critical infrastructures such as wind power stations are partially controlled via mobile phone networks. Using state-of-the-art tests, researchers are investigating how well protected that form of communication is from external attacks. The team is aiming to make critical infrastructures in Europe able to withstand hacker attacks.
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
6 Sep 2017 at 10:55am
Over the last 25 years, the world has seen an increased dependency on wind energy that promises to continue growing. This has created an ever-evolving process to develop a method that can accurately assess a region's wind energy potential.
Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy
6 Sep 2017 at 8:46am
Researchers draw from an ancient technology in their latest solution to enabling rapid expansion of wind, solar and nuclear power. Heat-storing firebricks could be used to level electricity prices for renewables, they propose.
Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during o...
5 Sep 2017 at 11:55am
A team of engineers has developed algorithms that would allow homes to use and share power from their renewable energy sources during outages by strategically disconnecting these devices, called solar inverters, from the grid. The algorithms work with existing technology and would improve systems' reliability by 25 to 35 percent.
Methane emissions tackled with gas-guzzling bacteria
30 Aug 2017 at 6:45am
Methane-oxidizing bacteria -- key organisms responsible for greenhouse gas mitigation -- are more flexible and resilient than previously thought, an international research has shown.
Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells
29 Aug 2017 at 9:44am
A natural process that occurs during photosynthesis could lead to the design of more efficient artificial solar cells, according to researchers.
Scientists power past solar efficiency records
29 Aug 2017 at 8:39am
The high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells has now been demonstrated through new research.