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High-speed surveillance in solar cells catches recombination red-handed
14 Feb 2019 at 6:34am
Using synchronized lasers pulses, researchers developed a new method of electrostatic force microscopy that can record movies with frames as fast as 300 nanoseconds. This is fast enough to watch electrons move inside solar cells, which can lead to more efficient solar power devices.
Spacecraft measurements reveal mechanism of solar wind heating
14 Feb 2019 at 5:46am
A new study describes the first direct measurement of how energy is transferred from the chaotic electromagnetic fields in space to the particles that make up the solar wind, leading to the heating of interplanetary space.
Flags that generate energy from wind and sun
11 Feb 2019 at 8:42am
Scientists have created flags that can generate electrical energy using wind and solar power.
Charting a path to cheaper flexible solar cells
7 Feb 2019 at 11:22am
Researchers have reported new findings about perovskite solar cells that could lead the way to devices that perform better.
A new approach for the fast estimation of the solar energy potential in urban...
4 Feb 2019 at 8:46am
Researchers have developed a new approach for calculating fast and accurate the solar energy potential of surfaces in the urban environment. The new approach can significantly help architects and urban planners to incorporate photovoltaic (solar power) technology in their designs.
Estimation of technology level required for low-cost renewable hydrogen produ...
31 Jan 2019 at 7:10am
Scientists have evaluated the economic efficiency of hydrogen production systems combining photovoltaic power generation and rechargeable batteries and estimated technology levels necessary for the systems to produce hydrogen at a globally competitive cost. The results obtained in this research may provide vital guidelines for pushing the intermittent renewable power generation systems as a main power source of the country.
Photocurrent loss in particle interface quantified
31 Jan 2019 at 6:16am
With a growing global population will come increased energy consumption, and sustainable forms of energy sources such as solar fuels and solar electricity will be in even greater demand. And as these forms of power proliferate, the focus will shift to improved efficiency.
Hybrid electricity system would reduce rates, improve service
31 Jan 2019 at 5:42am
A new distribution system would reduce electricity prices by more than five per cent while also improving service reliability.
Self-assembling nanomaterial offers pathway to more efficient, affordable har...
24 Jan 2019 at 2:14pm
New nanomaterials could provide a pathway to more efficient and potentially affordable harvesting of solar energy. Early research suggests these materials could create more usable charges and increase the theoretical efficiency of solar cells up to 44 percent.
New water splitting catalyst could make it easier to generate solar fuel
23 Jan 2019 at 10:17am
Water splitting, the process of harvesting solar energy to generate energy-dense fuels, could be simplified thanks to new research.
Scientists boost stability of low-cost, large-area solar modules
22 Jan 2019 at 8:49am
Modifications made to perovskite solar cells, or PSCs, render them more stable and scalable than ever before.
Novel materials convert visible into infrared light
16 Jan 2019 at 10:08am
Scientists have succeeded in developing a chemical process to convert visible light into infrared energy, allowing innocuous radiation to penetrate living tissue and other materials without the damage caused by high-intensity light exposure.
Power stations driven by light
15 Jan 2019 at 10:28am
The smallest building blocks within the power stations of organisms which get their energy directly from the sun are basically miniature reactors surrounded by collectors which capture photons and forward them to the center. The close correlation between structure and interaction of the components boosts productivity, a strategy which researchers are using for increasing the efficiency of solar technology.
A new way to measure solar panel degradation
10 Jan 2019 at 11:17am
How does one inspect solar panels in real time, in a way that is both cost-effective and time-efficient? Researchers have now developed and improved statistical and machine learning-based alternatives to enable real-time inspection of solar panels. Their research found a new application for clustering-based computation, which uses past meteorological data to compute performance ratios and degradation rates.
Racial inequality in the deployment of rooftop solar energy in the United Sta...
10 Jan 2019 at 11:17am
Fewer rooftop solar photovoltaics installations exist in African-American and Hispanic-dominant neighborhoods than in white-dominant neighborhoods, even when controlling for household income and home ownership, according to a new study.