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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:51:33 UTC

Offshore Solar: A New Energy Opportunity For Coastal Communities

The Netherlands is the latest country to explore the possibility of floating solar farms Many densely populated nations are finding it hard to locate large sections of land to dedicate to the development of utility-scale solar projects. For more and more countries who are dedicated to reducing carbon and moving into the future with clean, […]

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:48:53 UTC

System draws power from daily temperature swings

A new device can draw power out of the daily cycle of temperature swings to power remote sensors or communications systems. … read more
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:58:17 UTC

Chemical cluster could transform energy storage for large electrical grids

Researchers believe they have found a promising compound that could transform the energy storage landscape. The compound has properties that make it an ideal candidate material for redox flow batteries.read more
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:04:48 UTC

New lead-free perovskite material for solar cells

Perovskite solar cells are a promising new low-cost photovoltaic technology, but most contain toxic lead. Researchers have introduced solar cells with a new titanium-perovskite material that gets the lead out. … read more
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:04:40 UTC

Cost-reduction roadmap outlines two pathways to meet DOE residential solar cost target for 2030

Leveraging cost-reduction opportunities in the roof replacement or new construction markets for residential photovoltaic installations could help the United States meet the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office residential solar photovoltaic cost target by 2030. … read more
Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:42:26 UTC

Stand-alone system to produce drinking water by means of solar energy

Researchers in applied electrochemistry and electrocatalysis¬†have developed a stand-alone system for desalinating and treating water through electrodialysis. The system is directly powered by solar energy and can be applied in off-grid areas. … read more
Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:07:30 UTC

Improving drone performance in headwinds

Stability of unmanned aerial vehicles in heavy winds can be improved through rotor placement and angle.read more
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:12:14 UTC

Avoiding blackouts with 100% renewable energy

Researchers propose three separate ways to avoid blackouts if the world transitions all its energy to electricity or direct heat and provides the energy with 100 percent wind, water and sunlight. The solutions reduce energy requirements, health damage and climate damage. … read more
Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:01:35 UTC

Using shark scales to design better drones, planes, and wind turbines

A team of evolutionary biologists and engineers have demonstrated a new structure inspired by shark skin that could improve the aerodynamic performance of planes, wind turbines, drones, and cars. The research sheds light on a decades-old mystery about sharkskin.read more
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 19:07:08 UTC

Production of solar fuels inches closer with new discovery

Researchers have discovered how a catalyst splits water using solar power, opening the door to economically viable solar-fuel production. … read more
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:51:45 UTC

Remarkable stability in perovskite solar cells

Researchers have created an environmentally stable, high-efficiency perovskite solar cell, bringing the emerging technology a step closer to commercial deployment. … read more
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:03:54 UTC

Serious shortcomings in aging tests of new solar cell materials

Researchers have analyzed 261 ageing tests conducted on perovskite and dye-sensitized solar cells. Major shortcomings were discovered in both how the results had been reported and how tests had been implemented. The researchers have written a detailed checklist for doing high-quality aging tests and how to take testing conditions into consideration and how to select the measurements to be carried out during testing. … read more
Mon, 05 Feb 2018 21:17:17 UTC

Long-lasting, solar-powered tag to track birds over their lifetimes

Researchers have created a solar wildlife tag, an innovation that solves key challenges in bird-tracking devices: how to make them lightweight and long-lasting. … read more
Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:15:40 UTC

Farm sunshine, not cancer: Replacing tobacco fields with solar arrays

Researchers contend that tobacco farmers could increase profits by converting their land to solar farms, which in turn provides renewable energy generation. … read more
Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:31:14 UTC

New approach could quickly identify best organic solar cell mixtures

An international team of researchers has discovered a new quantitative relation that allows for quick identification of promising material combinations for organic solar cells. The discovery could significantly reduce the 'trial and error' aspect of solar cell production by reducing the time spent on finding the most efficient mixtures. … read more
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