Cheaper solar power means low-income families can also benefit – with the right kind of help

Solar power doesn't have to be just for the wealthy anymore. With the right kind of financial incentives, households at all income levels can benefit from affordable clean energy.

Ryan Wiser, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

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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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Why I'm feeling hopeful about the environment in 2021

The BBC's Tom Heap explores exciting emissions-saving ideas that could help save the planet.

bbcnews
Jan. 4, 2021 ~6 min

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Solar power stations in space could be the answer to our energy needs

How solar power stations in orbit could become a reality in the coming decades.

Stefania Soldini, Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, University of Liverpool • conversation
Nov. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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What the world can learn from clean energy transitions in India, China and Brazil

Our research identified three key lessons.

Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Harvard University • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~8 min

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Devices reflect 99% of heat to up chance to turn it into power

New thermal photovoltaics reflect 99% of the energy they can't convert to electricity. They could help cut the price of storing renewable energy as heat.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~7 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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Green energy and better crops: tinted solar panels could boost farm incomes

Researchers have demonstrated the use of tinted, semi-transparent solar panels to generate electricity and produce nutritionally-superior crops simultaneously,

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 4, 2020 ~5 min

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'Renewable' natural gas may sound green, but it's not an antidote for climate change

Energy companies are marketing a new fuel: 'renewable' natural gas. But it's not the same from a climate change perspective as wind or solar energy.

Emily Grubert, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~9 min

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