How new solar and lighting technology could propel a renewable energy transformation

Halide perovskites are cheap, versatile and remarkably efficient as both solar cells and light emitters.

Sam Stranks, Lecturer in Energy and Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry energy solar-power interdisciplinarity climate-crisis solar-panels leds

Cosmic rays may soon stymie quantum computing

Building quantum computers underground or designing radiation-proof qubits may be needed, researchers find.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics electronics quantum-computing research school-of-science computer-science-and-technology national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe nuclear-power-and-reactors lincoln-laboratory

New insights into lithium-ion battery failure mechanism

Researchers have identified a potential new degradation mechanism for electric vehicle batteries – a key step to designing effective methods to improve battery

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  sustainable-earth  climate-change  energy  battery  lithium-ion-battery

Wireless device makes clean fuel from sunlight, CO2 and water

Researchers have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  climate-change  energy  fuel  carbon-dioxide  photosynthesis

Trump greenlights drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but will oil companies show up?

The Trump administration is opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing – a step that's as much about politics as it is about energy.

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: wildlife-conservation alaska oil trump-administration endangered-species us-history us-energy-policy oil-and-gas-industry national-wildlife-refuge anwr oil-and-gas-exploration environmental-movement

Clear solar cells hit an all-time efficiency record

Rather than having skyscraper windows reflect light and waste energy, transparent solar cells could turn them into power sources for buildings.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability solar-cells buildings renewable-energy glass featured earth-and-environment transparency

For student researchers, no pause for the pandemic

Undergraduates Aljazzy Alahmadi, Andrea Garcia, and Quynh Nguyen are sustaining the nuclear science and engineering research mission from around the world.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Aug. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: energy covid-19 pandemic research students school-of-engineering school-of-science global computer-science-and-technology undergraduate materials-science-and-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering undergraduate-research-opportunities-program-urop nuclear-power-and-reactors

A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren't well understood

Companies are eager to mine the deep ocean for valuable mineral deposits. But scientists are concerned about impacts on sea life, including creatures that haven't even been discovered yet.

Elizabeth Mendenhall, Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs and Political Science, University of Rhode Island • conversation
Aug. 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: mining minerals oceans marine-biology metals international-law clean-energy-future law-of-the-sea international-seabed-authority

Red bricks can store energy just like batteries

A new method can convert 65-cent red bricks from Home Depot into a supercapacitor that can store electricity, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: energy heat batteries science-and-technology earth-and-environment

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