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Modern alchemy creates luminescent iron molecules
30 Mar 2017 at 6:28am
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 sources and displays.
The economic case for wind, solar energy in Africa
27 Mar 2017 at 2:28pm
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 new assessment has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand.
New study calls for US solar policy reform
23 Mar 2017 at 12:02pm
Researchers suggest reforming US solar policies and encourage closer collaboration between the United States and China on solar energy in a new report.
Self-sustaining bacteria-fueled power cell created
22 Mar 2017 at 9:26am
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 two types of bacteria.
Ultrafast measurements explain quantum dot voltage drop
22 Mar 2017 at 9:26am
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 photoconversion processes.
Revealing the microscopic mechanisms in perovskite solar cells
21 Mar 2017 at 9:40am
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, researchers have revealed the physics for how an important component of a perovskite solar cell works -- a finding that could lead to improved solar cells or even newer and better materials.
World's most efficient, environment-friendly solar cells
21 Mar 2017 at 9:38am
In the future, solar cells can become twice as efficient by employing a few smart little nano-tricks, suggest investigators in a new report.
Liquid storage of solar energy: More effective than ever before
20 Mar 2017 at 5:54am
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 say.
Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells
17 Mar 2017 at 7:23am
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 conductor.
New electron source for materials analysis
15 Mar 2017 at 9:56am
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 measurement of material surfaces and shortens the time needed for a measurement from days to minutes.
Liquid fuel for future computers
15 Mar 2017 at 6:45am
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 researchers.
Hydrogen on demand
13 Mar 2017 at 4:27pm
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 producing hydrogen and shipping it to customers.
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
13 Mar 2017 at 10:49am
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 biomass.
Uncompromising on organic solar cells
13 Mar 2017 at 8:06am
Researchers developed a semi-transparent organic solar cell that achieves better efficiency and transparency than existing ones.
Environmentally friendly, almost electricity-free solar cooling
13 Mar 2017 at 5:56am
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 world-wide, particularly in warm countries.