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The power of perovskite
18 Aug 2017 at 7:23am
Researchers improve perovskite-based technology in the entire energy cycle, from solar cells harnessing power to LED diodes to light the screens of future electronic devices and other lighting applications.
Going 'green' with plant-based resins
16 Aug 2017 at 7:02am
Airplanes, electronics and solar cells are all in demand, but the materials holding these items together -- epoxy thermosets -- are not environmentally friendly. Now, a group reports that they have created a plant-based thermoset that could make devices 'greener.'
Solar panels: Nanotechnology gives green energy a green color
15 Aug 2017 at 9:05am
Solar panels have tremendous potential to provide affordable renewable energy, but many people see traditional black and blue panels as eyesores. Architects, homeowners and city planners may be more open to the technology if they could install colorful, efficient solar panels, and a new study brings us one step closer. Researchers have developed a method for imprinting existing solar panels with silicon nanopatterns that scatter green light back toward an observer.
Deep-UV probing method detects electron transfer in photovoltaics
15 Aug 2017 at 6:50am
Scientists have developed a new method to efficiently measure electron transfer in dye-sensitized transition-metal oxide photovoltaics.
Turning homes into power stations could cut household fuel bills by more than...
9 Aug 2017 at 4:33am
Energy bills could be cut by more than 60 percent -- saving the average household over £600 a year -- if homes were designed to generate, store and release their own solar energy, a report has revealed. The concept has already been proven and is operating successfully on a building in the UK.
Controlled manipulation of carbon nanostructures
8 Aug 2017 at 11:59am
Researchers around the world are looking at how they can manipulate the properties of carbon nanostructures to customize them for specific purposes; the idea is to make the promising mini-format materials commercially viable. A research team has now managed to selectively influence the properties of hybrid systems consisting of carbon nanostructures and a dye.
Distributed wind power keeps spinning, growing
8 Aug 2017 at 11:55am
America's use of distributed wind -- which is wind power generated near where it will be used -- continues to grow, according to the 2016 Distributed Wind Market Report.
Dual-surface graphene electrode splits water into hydrogen and oxygen
3 Aug 2017 at 2:43pm
Scientists have turned laser-induced graphene into a two-sided electrocatalyst that efficiently splits water into oxygen and hydrogen.
Solar glasses generate solar power
2 Aug 2017 at 7:28am
Organic solar cells are flexible, transparent, and light-weight -- and can be manufactured in arbitrary shapes or colors. Thus, they are suitable for a variety of applications that cannot be realized with conventional silicon solar cells. Researchers now present sunglasses with colored, semitransparent solar cells applied onto lenses that supply a microprocessor and two displays with electric power.
Solar scientists rough up silicon panels to boost light capture
26 Jul 2017 at 7:29am
Scientists enhance conversion efficiency of crystalline Si solar cells by effectively preventing reflection loss, passivating a submicron silicon structure, and adding a rough nanoscale surface texture using simple and inexpensive processes.
New world efficiency record with perovskite solar cells
25 Jul 2017 at 9:21am
Scientists have developed a new cost-efficient way to produce inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) which sets a new world-record efficiency performance of 22.1 percent
A new optimization model could bring higher solar-power integration
25 Jul 2017 at 9:20am
With numerous installations of solar power systems for residential homes, there is a challenge to balance supply and demand to make these intermittent energy sources reliable. Demand response is one promising way to increase operational flexibility and energy efficiency, and researchers have incorporated scenarios in case studies based on 100 urban low-voltage network samples to learn more.
India can integrate 175 GW of renewable energy into its electricity grid
25 Jul 2017 at 9:20am
The US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has confirmed the technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India's grid by 2022.
Climate change poses threat to European electricity production
25 Jul 2017 at 6:01am
The vulnerability of the European electricity sector to changes in water resources is set to worsen by 2030 as a consequence of climate change, conclude researchers.
Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cells
18 Jul 2017 at 8:37am
Researchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells.