Solar Energy

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:37:33 UTC

Utility of the Future: Insights from Colorado’s Energy Transition

Technocrats, sitting in their colorful offices in Silicon Valley and the hallowed halls of Cambridge institutions, would have us believe that to solve the biggest global energy challenges, we will need to journey down a path of massive, unprecedented disruption.  Ubiquitous presentations promise to digitize the world’s problems away, and assure us that legacy utilities […]

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Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:16:26 UTC

Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

A new fabrication process for transparent ultra-thin silver films has been developed. The material may help build highly efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes. However, traditional chemical methods have not been able to produce ultra-thin and pure silver films. … read more
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:16:21 UTC

New records in perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells through improved light management

Using microstructured layers, a team has been able to increase the efficiency of perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells, achieving 25.5 %, which is the highest published value to date. At the same time, computational simulations were utilized to investigate light conversion in various device designs with different nanostructured surfaces. This enabled optimization of light management and detailed energy yield analyses. … read more
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:14:16 UTC

Solar power: largest study to date discovers 25 percent power loss across UK

Regional 'hot spots' account for the power slump and these are more prevalent in the North of England than in the south. … read more
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 19:24:18 UTC

Harvesting renewable energy from the sun and outer space at the same time

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that heat from the sun and coldness from outer space can be collected simultaneously with a single device. Their research suggests that devices for harvesting solar and space energy will not compete for land space and can actually help each other function more efficiently. … read more
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:38:20 UTC

Images of photosynthetic protein complex splitting water

In a new article presents high-resolution images of photosystem II, the protein complex that splits water into hydrogen ions and oxygen during photosynthesis. The images will help researchers better understand this complex mechanism, possibly opening up the door to developing cheap and efficient solar fuel devices. … read more
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:54:48 UTC

Magnetic pumping pushes plasma particles to high energies

The solar wind is not a calm summer breeze. Instead, it is a roiling, chaotic mess of turbulence and waves. There is a lot of energy stored in this turbulence, so scientists have long thought that it heats the solar wind. However, the heating expected from turbulence is not the heating observed. Scientists now have a new idea about what heats the solar wind, a theory called magnetic pumping. … read more
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:30:00 UTC

Ensuring Installation Costs Don’t Slow Down Solar Progress with Esdec

Most exciting innovations in solar energy relate to improved solar panel efficiencies or software solutions to improve the business case of adopting solar, but Esdec shows that saving time and money on installation of solar systems can provide a huge boon to the solar industry. Installation of rooftop solar panels can require one to three […]

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Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:17:05 UTC

New material cleans and splits water

Researchers have developed a photocatalytic system based on a material in the class of metal-organic frameworks. The system can be used to degrade pollutants present in water while simultaneously producing hydrogen that can be captured and used further. … read more
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 16:48:51 UTC

Monitoring air pollution after Hurricane Maria

When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, the storm devastated the island's electrical grid, leaving many people without power for months. This lack of electricity, as well as other storm-related damage, prevented air-quality monitoring in many areas. Now researchers have shown that low-cost sensors that run on solar energy can be used to monitor air pollution after a disaster. … read more
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 20:55:25 UTC

Eye-tracking glasses provide a new vision for the future of augmented reality

Battery-free eye-tracking glasses creates an even more realistic experience for augmented reality enthusiasts, improving player controls for gaming and allowing for more realistic image displays. … read more
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 17:10:17 UTC

A solar cell that does double duty for renewable energy

Researchers have developed an artificial photosynthesis device called a ''hybrid photoelectrochemical and voltaic (HPEV) cell'' that turns sunlight and water into two types of energy - hydrogen fuel and electricity. … read more
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:28:10 UTC

Breakthrough in process to produce hydrogen fuel

Researchers have cracked the chemical mechanism that will enable development of a new and more efficient photo-chemical process to produce hydrogen fuel from water, according to a new article. … read more
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 17:30:41 UTC

New composite material that can cool itself down under extreme temperatures

A cutting-edge material, inspired by nature, that can regulate its own temperature and could equally be used to treat burns and help space capsules withstand atmospheric forces is under development. … read more
Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:26:14 UTC

Highly efficient wet-processed solar cells with molecules in the same orientation

Researchers document a new method for controlling the orientation of conducting molecules in organic solar cells that results in the enhanced light adsorption and performance of the cells. … read more
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