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Smart windows that self-illuminate on rainy days
29 May 2020 at 12:07pm
A research team develops self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors. Applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care and safety management.
Next-generation solar cells pass strict international tests
21 May 2020 at 12:19pm
A cost-effective method to stabilise perovskite solar cells could soon see them become commercially viable.
Novel device harnesses shadows to generate electricity
21 May 2020 at 7:21am
Researchers have created a device called a 'shadow-effect energy generator' that makes use of the contrast in illumination between lit and shadowed areas to generate electricity. This novel concept opens up new approaches in harnessing indoor lighting conditions to power electronics.
3D-printed system speeds up solar cell testing from hours to minutes
20 May 2020 at 10:16am
Tests on new designs for next-gen solar cells can now be done in minutes instead of days thanks to a new system.
Efficient, 'green' quantum-dot solar cells exploit defects
18 May 2020 at 8:16am
Novel quantum dot solar cells match the efficiency of existing quantum-dot based devices, but without lead or other toxic elements that most solar cells of this type rely on.
Fast-charging super-capacitor technology
14 May 2020 at 8:57am
Experts believe their dream of clean energy storage is a step closer after they unveiled their ground-breaking super-capacitor technology that is able to store and deliver electricity at high power rates, particularly for mobile applications.
On the road to non-toxic and stable perovskite solar cells
11 May 2020 at 12:49pm
The promising halide perovskite materials for solar energy conversion show high efficiencies, but this comes at a cost: The best perovskite materials incorporate toxic lead which poses a hazard to the environment. Researchers have now engineered a new hybrid perovskite material with promising efficiency and stability.
Saving energy and lives: How a solar chimney can boost fire safety
5 May 2020 at 4:22am
Built as part of the sustainable features of a new Australian building, the specially-designed solar chimney radically boosts safe evacuation time in a fire - from 2 minutes to over 14 minutes.
Engineers demonstrate next-generation solar cells can take the heat, maintain...
4 May 2020 at 1:57pm
Engineers have developed a next-generation solar cell that takes advantage of the promising elctro-optical properties of perovskite materials. They've made the materials much more stable at high temperatures and demonstrated a consistent, clean way to fabricate them into solar cells. Those could be important steps toward commercial production of new, low-cost, efficient, lightweight and flexible solar cells.
Solar and wind energy sites mapped globally for the first time
4 May 2020 at 12:02pm
Researchers have mapped the global locations of major renewable energy sites, providing a valuable resource to help assess their potential environmental impact.
Water-splitting module a source of perpetual energy
4 May 2020 at 12:02pm
Researchers have integrated high-efficiency solar cells and electrode catalysts into an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel.
Engineers make a promising material stable enough for use in solar cells
29 Apr 2020 at 12:56pm
A research team has found a way to make halide perovskites stable enough by inhibiting the ion movement that makes them rapidly degrade, unlocking their use for solar panels as well as electronic devices.
Environment-friendly compound shows promise for solar cell use
24 Apr 2020 at 10:26am
A team of engineers, material scientists, and physicists demonstrated how a new material -- a lead-free chalcogenide perovskite -- that hadn't previously been considered for use in solar cells could provide a safer and more effective option than others that are commonly considered.
Electronic skin fully powered by sweat can monitor health
22 Apr 2020 at 6:36pm
Electronic skin monitors body's vitals signs while being powered by sweat.
A clear semiconductor based on tin could improve solar power generation
22 Apr 2020 at 6:11am
Mobility is a key parameter for semiconductor performance and relates to how quickly and easily electrons can move inside a substance. Researchers have achieved the highest mobility among thin films of tin dioxide ever reported. This high mobility could allow engineers to create thin and even transparent tin dioxide semiconductors for use in next-generation LED lights, photovoltaic solar panels or touch-sensitive display technologies.