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Climate conditions affect solar cell performance more than expected
13 Dec 2017 at 11:37am
Researchers can now predict how much energy solar cells will produce at any location worldwide. Surprisingly, they identified that two types of solar cells can vary in energy output by 5 percent or more in tropical regions. This gap occurs because solar energy can shift depending on local temperature and water in the atmosphere. Their work emphasizes that solar products may behave differently depending on their environment.
Laser-boron fusion now 'leading contender' for energy
13 Dec 2017 at 7:49am
Scientists argue that the path to hydrogen-boron fusion is now viable, and may be closer to realization than other approaches, such as the deuterium-tritium fusion approach currently being pursued.
North Sea water and recycled metal combined to help reduce global warming
13 Dec 2017 at 6:55am
Scientists have used sea water collected from Whitby in North Yorkshire, and scrap metal to develop a technology that could help capture more than 850 million tons of unwanted carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
A global north-to-south shift in wind power by end of century
11 Dec 2017 at 9:04am
Wind resources in the next century may decrease in many regions in the Northern Hemisphere -- and could sharply increase in several hotspot regions down south.
Producing hydrogen from methane in a cleaner, cheaper way
8 Dec 2017 at 2:17pm
A ceramic membrane makes it possible to produce compressed hydrogen from methane with near-zero energy loss.
Transformation to wind and solar achievable with low indirect GHG emissions
8 Dec 2017 at 8:35am
Different low carbon technologies from wind or solar energy to fossil carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) differ greatly when it comes to indirect GHG emissions in their life cycle. The new study finds that wind and solar energy belong to the more favorable when it comes to life-cycle emissions and scaling up these technologies would induce only modest indirect GHG emissions -- and hence not impede the transformation towards a climate-friendly power system.
Cheap and safe electro-catalysts for fuel cells
8 Dec 2017 at 6:55am
Scientists have produced non-metal electro-catalysts for fuel cells that could pave the way for production of low-cost, environmentally friendly energy generation.
Solar power advances possible with new 'double-glazing' device
7 Dec 2017 at 9:59am
A new 'double-glazing' solar power device -- which is unlike any existing solar panel and opens up fresh opportunities to develop more advanced photovoltaics -- has been invented.
Physicists propose a new method for monitoring nuclear waste
6 Dec 2017 at 9:25am
New scientific findings suggest neutrino detectors may play an important role in ensuring better monitoring and safer storage of radioactive material in nuclear waste repository sites.
Sustainable solvent platform for photon upconversion increases solar utilizat...
4 Dec 2017 at 6:12am
Scientists have developed a new low-cost, environmentally friendly photon upconversion platform that achieves high thermal stability using deep eutectic solvents. Deep eutectic solvents are an emerging class of solvents that are a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to ionic liquids.
Why the future of clean energy storage lies in hydrogen
28 Nov 2017 at 8:01pm
As renewable sources of energy like wind and solar gain traction, scientists and engineers are eyeing new ways to store that energy in a cost-efficient manner ? laying the groundwork for a future in which renewables rival fossil fuels in powering our homes and vehicles.
Turning carbon dioxide into fuel and useful chemicals
27 Nov 2017 at 2:32pm
Turning pollution into fuel: A new method could be used to transform greenhouse gases into useful fuels and chemicals, right at the power plant.
Harvesting the sun for power and produce: Agrophotovoltaics increases the lan...
27 Nov 2017 at 9:48am
Until now, acreage was designated for either photovoltaics or photosynthesis, that is, to generate electricity or grow crops. An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project, however, has now demonstrated that both uses are compatible. Dual use of land is resource efficient, reduces competition for land and additionally opens up a new source of income for farmers, say researchers.
Scientists develop artificial photosynthesis device for greener ethylene prod...
24 Nov 2017 at 5:47am
A newly developed device could reduce the carbon footprint of ethylene production, report scientists.
Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality, thanks to invention
20 Nov 2017 at 6:37am
A new device that can inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy and create hydrogen fuel, and that needs only sunlight to operate, has now been developed by researchers.