Solar panels capture more sunlight with capsaicin - the chemical that makes chili peppers spicy

Chemicals found in food and solar cell technology have an interesting history – as my own research shows.

Jon Major, Research Fellow, Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, University of Liverpool • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~6 min

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How a 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

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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

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Never-before-seen bacterium found at Arnold Arboretum

A new species of bacteria, one that makes its home on the relatively hot and dry surface of a solar panel, was discovered recently at the Arnold Arboretum, offering a lesson that nature’s reach extends even to the artificial.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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Our 'zombie' solar cells could power indoor devices without sunlight

How indoor solar cells could help power the Internet of Things.

Marina Freitag, Royal Society University Research Fellow, Newcastle University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

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