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RE Expansion Need Not Hinder Conservation Efforts, finds Study

A study led by the University of Southampton has found that the expansion of renewable energy (RE) production sites in the future won’t necessarily be a threat to protected areas of land. Researchers from Southampton studied if expanding land use requirements for wind and solar infrastructure would impact the ability to preserve biodiversity. They used […]

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Arriving Soon: Solar Panels that Generate Power at Night

Can solar panels generate energy even when the sun isn’t around? In a major breakthrough, researchers at the University of California have designed a unique night solar panel (NSP) that can produce 50 W under ideal conditions at night, one-fourth of what traditional solar panel produce during the day. In their paper entitled ‘Nighttime Photovoltaic […]

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UCR Scientists Upcycle PET Bottles to Make EV Batteries

Could excess plastic waste be used to reduce carbon emissions? Sounds too good to be true? Well, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have devised a way to turn polyethylene terephthalate (PET) found in consumer plastic bottles into material useful for producing sustainable energy storage. While the storage capacity of batteries made using this […]

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Improving Solar Cells by Watching Atoms Move in Hybrid Perovskite Crystals

Hybrid perovskites are promising materials for making next-generation solar cells because they are inexpensive to manufacture and are considerably efficient at converting light to electricity. A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has for the first time observed nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskite crystals that could offer new insights […]

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