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

Tags: semiconductors solar-power temperature renewable-energy photovoltaics earth-and-environment

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

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

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

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

Tags: sustainable-earth energy solar-power

'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

Tags: climate-change solar-power wind-power greenhouse-gases methane natural-gas alternative-energy landfills electric-utilities carbon-neutrality

Biggest UK solar plant approved

Climate change: Go-ahead for controversial solar farm - the UK's biggest

By Roger Harrabin • bbcnews
May 28, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: solar-power renewable-energy renewable-energy-in-the-uk

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Are facilities that produce necessities like energy and clean water doomed to be ugly? Not when artists and landscape architects help design them.

Margaret Birney Vickery, Lecturer in Art History, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  solar-power  new-york  infrastructure  gardens  renewable-energy  landscape-architecture  design  denmark  connecticut  water-treatment  aesthetics  solar-farms

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

Tags: internet-of-things solar solar-power solar-panels

COVID-19 will slow the global shift to renewable energy, but can't stop it

The US is gradually shifting to lower-carbon energy sources, but the COVID-19 pandemic, an oil price crash and a likely recession are big speed bumps.

Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Boston University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  china  solar-power  fossil-fuels  supply-chains  coronavirus-2020  recession  coal  renewable-energy  wind-energy  oil-prices  energy-transition  electricity-generation

General election 2019: Labour pledges billions for home energy upgrades

The party says a huge programme to fund household energy-saving would reduce bills and create jobs.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Nov. 3, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: solar-power renewable-energy carbon-footprint renewable-energy-in-the-uk labour-party

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