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New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel
21 Jun 2017 at 7:31am
Scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'clean' process using solar energy.
Solar heating could cover over 80 percent of domestic heating requirements in...
20 Jun 2017 at 8:41am
By using suitable systems, more than 80 percent of heating energy for Finnish households could be produced using solar energy with competitive prices. This result is also valid for Sweden, Norway, Alaska, northern Canada and other locations at the same latitudes.
Tiny bubbles provide tremendous propulsion in new microparticles research
20 Jun 2017 at 6:31am
A new technique could have significant implications in the development of micromotors and optical devices for use in solar cell optics, report researchers.
Development of low-dimensional nanomaterials could revolutionize future techn...
15 Jun 2017 at 9:06am
Some scientists believe improvements in computer processors, TV displays and solar cells will come from scientific advancements in the synthesis of low-dimensional nanomaterials.
Energy-efficient cleaning robot
14 Jun 2017 at 6:27am
State-of-the-art solar cells are efficient -- but are even more so when they are kept clean. A cleaning robot enables solar panels to deliver at full capacity.
Solar material for producing clean hydrogen fuel
14 Jun 2017 at 6:26am
A new material has been created based on gold and black phosphorus to produce clean hydrogen fuel using the full spectrum of sunlight.
New technology will enable properties to share solar energy
14 Jun 2017 at 6:18am
New technology will enable properties to share solar energy and will mean low energy bills for consumers.
Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor
14 Jun 2017 at 6:18am
Researchers have developed a compound that draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source.
Demo plant produces renewable fuel from carbon dioxide captured from the air
9 Jun 2017 at 7:38am
The unique Soletair demo plant developed in Finland uses carbon dioxide to produce renewable fuels and chemicals. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the technical performance of the overall process and produce 200 liters of fuels and other hydrocarbons for research purposes. This concerns a one-of-a-kind demo plant in which the entire process chain, from solar power generation to hydrocarbon production, is in the same place.
Simulations pinpoint atomic-level defects in solar cell nanostructures
9 Jun 2017 at 6:12am
Heterogeneous nanostructured materials are widely used in various optoelectronic devices, including solar cells. However, the nano-interfaces contain structural defects that can affect performance. Calculations have helped researchers ID the root cause of the defects in two materials and provide design rules to avoid them.
Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials
5 Jun 2017 at 8:08am
A promising avenue for the future of clean energy is to store it in the form of carbon-based fuels produced from renewable sources, effectively enabling the clean use of liquid fuels such as gasoline. A first step is the electrolysis of carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide. But current CO-forming catalysts are either not selective enough or too expensive to be industrially viable. Now scientists have developed an Earth-abundant catalyst based on copper-oxide nanowires modified with tin oxide.
Saving Lives and Money: The Potential of Solar to Replace Coal
1 Jun 2017 at 10:34am
By swapping solar photovoltaics for coal, the US could prevent 51,999 premature deaths a year, potentially making as much as $2.5 million for each life saved. A team has calculated US deaths per kilowatt hour per year for coal related to air pollution-related diseases associated with burning coal.
Seeing light-to-energy transfer in new solar cell materials
1 Jun 2017 at 9:52am
Scientists are now able to capture the moment less than one trillionth of a second a particle of light hits a solar cell and becomes energy, and describe the physics of the charge carrier and atom movement for the first time.
Ultra-stable perovskite solar cell remains stable for more than a year
1 Jun 2017 at 5:22am
Scientists have built a low-cost and ultra-stable perovskite solar cell that has been running at 11.2 percent efficiency for over a year, without loss in performance.
Low cost, scalable water splitting fuels the future hydrogen economy
31 May 2017 at 10:43am
An efficient, low-cost catalyst could replace platinum in water-splitting for clean hydrogen production.