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Quantum mechanics paves the way for more stable organic solar cells
11 May 2021 at 9:35am
Quantum mechanics can be used to create more stable and more easily produced organic solar cells.
Chill out: Advanced solar tech runs cooler and lasts longer
10 May 2021 at 7:43am
New mechanisms for converting sunlight to electricity more efficiently are also beneficial for extending the lifespan of solar panels.
Roadmap to expand NY solar energy, meet green goals
6 May 2021 at 7:53am
Solar-power developers need to explore using lower-quality agricultural land for solar energy, incentivize dual-use (combined agriculture and solar) options, avoid concentrated solar development and engage communities early to achieve New York's green energy goals, according to recent research.
Defect that limits hybrid perovskites solar-cell performance identified
30 Apr 2021 at 6:31am
Researchers have uncovered a major cause of limitations to efficiency in a new generation of solar cells.
Solar-powered desalination unit shows great promise
27 Apr 2021 at 9:24am
Freshwater accounts for only about 2.5% of water on Earth, so much of the world experiences serious water shortages. Scientists report the development of a highly efficient desalination device that uses a titanium-containing layer capable of absorbing solar energy. When sunlight strikes the layer, it heats rapidly and vaporizes the water. By placing the unit in a transparent container with a sloped quartz roof, the water vapor can be condensed and collected.
The new EU climate target could phase out coal power in Europe as early as 2030
27 Apr 2021 at 6:48am
Tightening the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) in line with the EU Green Deal would dramatically speed up the decarbonization of Europe's power sector - and likely cause a demise of the coal industry.
Airports could generate enough solar energy to power a city
26 Apr 2021 at 11:08am
New research shows placing solar panels on the roofs of Australian airport buildings could be an efficient step towards net zero emissions.
Solar panels are contagious - but in a good way
21 Apr 2021 at 9:45am
The number of solar panels within shortest distance from a house is the most important factor in determining the likelihood of that house having a solar panel, when compared with a host of socio-economic and demographic variables. This is shown in a new study by scientists using satellite and census data of the city of Fresno in the US, and employing machine learning.
Ten ways to ensure bees benefit from the solar power boom
20 Apr 2021 at 9:14am
Researchers assessing the impact of solar energy development across Europe have come up with ten ways in which the expansion of solar can be shaped to ensure pollinators benefit.
Green hydrogen: 'Rust' as a photoanode and its limits
19 Apr 2021 at 10:57am
Researchers have now analyzed the optoelectronic properties of rust (haematite) and other metal oxides in unprecedented detail. Their results show that the maximum achievable efficiency of haematite electrodes is significantly lower than previously assumed. The study demonstrates ways to assess new photoelectrode materials more realistically.
Sunlight to solve the world's clean water crisis
16 Apr 2021 at 9:01am
Researchers have developed technology that could eliminate water stress for millions of people, including those living in many of the planet's most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
Transparent nanolayers for more solar power
15 Apr 2021 at 8:41am
There is no cheaper way to generate electricity today than with the sun. Solar cells available on the market based on crystalline silicon make this possible with efficiencies of up to 23 percent. With even higher efficiencies of more than 26 percent, costs could fall further. An international working group led by photovoltaics researchers now plan to reach this goal with a nanostructured, transparent material for the front of solar cells.
Solar and wind power could mitigate conflict in northeast Africa
8 Apr 2021 at 10:14am
A new study shows that several disagreements between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt around Africa's largest hydropower plant, the new Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), could be alleviated by massively expanding solar and wind power across the region.
Carbon dots from human hair boost solar cells
8 Apr 2021 at 8:24am
Researchers have used carbon dots, created from human hair waste sourced from a barbershop, to create a kind of 'armor' to improve the performance of cutting-edge solar technology.
Framework could support more reliable electric power distribution systems
7 Apr 2021 at 10:58am
Imagine that the process of distributing electricity to homes from the power grid is like travelers boarding a train. There are multiple steps to take before they can reach their final destination.