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Solar scientists rough up silicon panels to boost light capture
Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:29:45 EDT
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.
Climate change poses threat to European electricity production
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:01:06 EDT
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
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:37:13 EDT
Researchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells.
Rooftop concentrating photovoltaics win big over silicon in outdoor testing
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:57:24 EDT
A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall.
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:53:43 EDT
If European countries cooperated better in the field of wind energy, wind power output would fluctuate less. This is the conclusion reached by a group of energy and climate researchers who, for the first time, have combined a long-term analysis of predominant weather patterns with Europe-wide wind electricity generation.
Scientists design solar cell that captures nearly all energy of solar spectrum
Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:05:14 EDT
Scientists have designed and constructed a prototype for a new solar cell that integrates multiple cells stacked into a single device capable of capturing nearly all of the energy in the solar spectrum.
New way to predict when electric cars and home batteries become cost effective
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:36:42 EDT
The future cost of energy storage technologies can now be predicted under different scenarios, thanks to a new tool created by researchers.
'Smart' transformers could make reliable smart grid a reality
Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:31:05 EDT
Smart solid-state transformers could be used to make a stable, reliable 'smart grid' -- allowing the power distribution system to route renewable energy from homes and businesses into the power grid -- a new study using complex computational models finds.
Self-powered system makes smart windows smarter
Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:56:19 EDT
Researchers developed a new type of smart window: a self-powered version that promises to be inexpensive and easy to apply to existing windows, with potential to save heating and cooling costs. The window powers itself with a transparent solar cell that harvests near-ultraviolet light.
Nanostructures taste the rainbow
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:21:54 EDT
Combining nanophotonics and thermoelectrics, engineers generate materials capable of distinguishing between tiny differences in wavelengths of light.
Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:57:24 EDT
Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. The first study of its kind shows airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells is cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations -- China, India and the Arabian Peninsula.
Cool power: Breakthroughs in solar panel cooling technology
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:29:54 EDT
Breakthroughs in solar panel cooling tech will help keep NASA’s Parker Solar Probe operating at peak performance — even while flying through the sun’s corona
New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:31:09 EDT
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 Nordic countries
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:41:23 EDT
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
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:31:36 EDT
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 technologies
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:06:00 EDT
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
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:27:28 EDT
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
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:26:07 EDT
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
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:18:46 EDT
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
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:18:33 EDT
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.