Innovation

Renewable Device That Can Generate Electricity out of Thin Air

Scientists at UMass Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for […]

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Thinner Solar Cells Could Lead to lower Costs and Faster Expansion

Researchers at MIT and at the NREL have outlined a pathway to slashing costs of solar cells by slimming down the silicon cells themselves. Costs of solar panels have plummeted over the last several years, leading to rates of solar installations far greater than most analysts had expected. But with most of the potential areas […]

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IBM Research Discovers new Battery That Could Trump Li-ion

IBM Research has unveiled a new battery that could help eliminate the need for heavy metals in production and surpass the capabilities of Li-ion batteries IBM Research is building on a long history of materials science innovation to unveil a new battery discovery. This new research could help eliminate the need for heavy metals in […]

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Chemist Develops way to Produce new Materials for Solar Panels

A chemist from RUDN University has synthesised new types of optically active materials with the structure of the mineral perovskite used in solar panels A chemist from RUDN University has synthesised new types of optically active materials with the structure of the mineral perovskite. Proposing an environmentally friendly, fast and easily reproducible mechanochemical method, which […]

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New Thermodynamic Formula Reveals Bifacial Panels Generate 15-20% More Power

A new thermodynamic formula reveals that the bifacial cells making up double-sided panels generate on average 15-20 percent more power than monofacial cells Double-sided solar cells are already enabling panels to sit vertically on land or rooftops and even horizontally as the canopy of a gas station, but it hasn’t been known exactly how much […]

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A new and Better Method for Removing Dust From Solar Panels

Researchers have shed new light on microscopic forces and mechanisms that can be optimised to remove dust from solar panels to maintain efficiency. Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have shed new light on microscopic forces and mechanisms that can be optimised to remove dust from solar panels to maintain efficiency and light […]

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A new Device That can Harvest Sunlight to Create Clean Gas

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed an ‘artificial leaf’ device that uses sunlight to produce a widely-used clean gas currently made from fossil fuels Scientists have developed an ‘artificial leaf’ device that uses sunlight to produce a widely-used clean gas currently made from fossil fuels and could be used to create a sustainable […]

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A new Concept for Better and More Sustainable Batteries

Researchers have developed a new concept for aluminium batteries, which will give them twice the energy density with reduced environmental impact Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and the National Institute of Chemistry in Slovenia have developed a new concept for aluminium batteries, which will give them twice the energy density as compared […]

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NREL, First Solar Collaboration Enhance Thin-Film Solar Cells

Scientists at NREL and First Solar have created a new approach for making CdTe solar cells, and have reported efficiency of nearly 20.8% Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and First Solar have announced that they have “unwound 30 years of history to create” a new approach for making cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells, […]

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