A little heat can fix cracks in perovskite films

Perovskites are in line to replace pricey silicon solar cells, but they break easily. Good news: a little heat can completely heal cracks.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

Clear solar panels could power future greenhouses

The next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar-powered, researchers say. But it might not work as well in chillier climates.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment energy photosynthesis plants renewable-energy

Simple, solar-powered water desalination

System achieves new level of efficiency in harnessing sunlight to make fresh potable water from seawater.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 6, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering research renewable-energy water solar desalination school-of-engineering


Decarbonizing the making of consumer products

Researchers are devising new methods of synthesizing chemicals used in goods from clothing, detergents, and antifreeze to pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative | Feb. 5, 2020 | mit
~15 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative chemical-engineering research energy emissions manufacturing school-of-engineering industry carbon

Lasers transform metal into ‘perfect’ solar absorber

Researchers have used femto-second laser pulses to etch nano-sized designs onto black metal, turning it into a solar energy absorber.

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester | Feb. 5, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology lasers materials-science metals renewable-energy

New electrode design may lead to more powerful batteries

An MIT team has devised a lithium metal anode that could improve the longevity and energy density of future batteries.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 3, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research research-laboratory-of-electronics nuclear-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse batteries energy-storage energy national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

Special solar panels could work when the sun goes down

What if solar panels could generate power when there's no sunlight? It could be possible with the right solar cell, reasearchers say.

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Jan. 30, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment renewable-energy solar-energy sun

For cheaper solar cells, thinner really is better

Solar panel costs have dropped lately, but slimming down silicon wafers could lead to even lower costs and faster industry expansion.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Jan. 26, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research school-of-engineering energy solar nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering mechanical-engineering renewable-energy alternative-energy sustainability mit-energy-initiative climate-change department-of-energy-doe

Rolls-Royce plans mini nuclear reactors by 2029

The firm says it plans to build up to 15 of the mini reactors, which can be delivered by a lorry.

By Roger Harrabin & Katie Prescott | Jan. 24, 2020 | bbcnews
~3 mins   

Tags: rolls-royce-holdings companies nuclear-power energy-industry

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