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Climate change could lead to power outages, higher power costs on west coast of US
Wed, 05 Jan 2022 10:32:40 EST
Two studies project the future of power supply and demand on the West Coast under different scenarios: one under climate change and another where power sources shift toward renewables and the climate follows historic trends.
Templating approach stabilizes 'ideal' material for alternative solar cells
Thu, 23 Dec 2021 14:31:00 EST
Researchers have developed a method to stabilize a promising material known as perovskite for cheap solar cells, without compromising its near-perfect performance.
Solar power: 'Wonder material' phosphorene nanoribbons live up to hype in first demonstration
Mon, 20 Dec 2021 12:07:14 EST
Researchers have incorporated phosphorene nanoribbons into new types of solar cells, dramatically improving their efficiency.
Perovskite solar cell with ultra-long stability
Fri, 17 Dec 2021 10:22:49 EST
Perovskites are the great hope for further increasing the efficiency of solar modules in the future. Until now, their short service life has been considered the biggest hurdle to their practical use, but this could soon change. Researchers now present a variant that stands out for its stability.
Scientists create stable materials for more efficient solar cells
Wed, 15 Dec 2021 13:27:34 EST
Researchers have developed a new process for producing stable perovskite materials to create more efficient solar cells.
Zooming in on tiny defects
Mon, 13 Dec 2021 12:18:34 EST
Researchers have looked at what limits the efficiency of a promising solar material to reveal the nature of multiple different kinds of defects, their varied roles in device efficiency and their responses to treatment.
N-type conductive tin sulfide thin films: Towards environmentally friendly solar cells
Mon, 13 Dec 2021 12:18:20 EST
Abundant, safe, and environmentally friendly, tin sulfide is predicted to be used in next generation solar cell panels. Now, a research group has used impurity doping to fabricate n-type conductive tin sulfide thin films, paving the way for their use in solar cells.
A tool to speed development of new solar cells
Thu, 09 Dec 2021 12:42:58 EST
Researchers have developed a computational simulator that can help predict whether changes to materials or design will improve performance in new photovoltaic cells.
Air quality models can improve the accuracy of forecasts of daily solar power production in the future
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 14:15:38 EST
The expansion of renewable energies is placing increasing demands on the power grids. Precise forecasts of the amount of solar power that will be fed into the grid is key to effective energy management. In addition to clouds, aerosol particles also strongly influence the amount of electricity generated by photovoltaic systems. Current air quality models are a good basis for estimating the production of solar electricity, but they could be further improved.
Perovskite solar cells soar to new heights
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 14:15:20 EST
Researchers have developed a novel method to fabricate lead halide perovskite solar cells with record efficiency.
Beads of glass in meteorites help scientists piece together how solar system formed
Wed, 01 Dec 2021 20:39:15 EST
Scientists have published an analysis laying out how the tiny beads of glass inside many meteorites came to be -- and what they can tell us about what happened in the early solar system.
Scientists develop lead-absorbing tape to boost viability of rising star in solar power industry
Tue, 30 Nov 2021 13:02:17 EST
Scientists describe development of a cost-effective Scotch-tape-like film that can be applied to perovskite solar cells and capture 99.9% of leaked lead in the event of solar cell damage.
Efficient organic solar cells processed from green solvents
Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:56:50 EST
A small guest molecule in the right place makes it possible to produce energy-efficient organic solar cells using eco-friendly solvents. A record efficiency over 17% is demonstrated. In addition, solar cells with larger areas can be produced.
Accelerated renewables-based electrification paves the way for a post-fossil future
Thu, 25 Nov 2021 15:48:17 EST
Cost-slashing innovations are underway in the electric power sector and could give electricity the lead over fossil-based combustion fuels in the world's energy supply by mid-century. When combined with a global carbon price, these developments can catalyse emission reductions to reach the Paris climate targets, while reducing the need for controversial negative emissions, a new study finds.
Mystery of high performing novel solar cell materials revealed in stunning clarity
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 13:53:35 EST
Researchers have used a suite of microscopy methods to visualize why perovskite materials are seemingly so tolerant of defects in their structure.
Speeding up the energy transition reduces climate risks
Thu, 18 Nov 2021 20:37:31 EST
The World Climate Conference in Glasgow has just ended, and the question is whether the goal of maximum global heating of 1.5°C can still be achieved. In a model calculation, researchers show how the energy transition could lead to the lowest possible cumulative emissions: Instead of slowly cutting back emissions, we should quickly push ahead with the conversion to solar energy and use fossil power plants at full capacity for one last time to do so.
Macrogrid study: Big value in connecting America’s eastern and western power grids
Thu, 18 Nov 2021 20:37:08 EST
A 'macrogrid' that increases the electricity moving between America's Eastern and Western interconnections, two of the biggest power grids on the planet, would more than pay for itself, according to new research.
Making solar energy even more sustainable with light-powered technology
Tue, 16 Nov 2021 13:17:36 EST
Scientists have identified a new process using coordination materials that can accelerate the use of low-cost, Earth-abundant materials with the potential to transform the energy sector by replacing silicone-based solar panels.
Solar energy with an' ironclad future'
Tue, 16 Nov 2021 10:31:18 EST
Solar energy plays an important role in the fight against climate change as a substitute for fossil fuels. Dye-sensitized solar cells promise to be a low-cost supplement to the photovoltaic systems we know today. Their key feature is the dye sensitizers attached to their surface. Researchers continue to improve the performance with sensitizers using iron -- a commonly available and environmentally friendly metal.
Major cities could be close to self-sustaining through fully integrated solar
Wed, 10 Nov 2021 10:46:38 EST
Net zero carbon is within reach for a major Australian city through comprehensive adoption of photovoltaics in built environment, new modelling has shown.