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.
Sept. 23, 2020 • ~7 min
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Rather than having skyscraper windows reflect light and waste energy, transparent solar cells could turn them into power sources for buildings.
Aug. 19, 2020 • ~6 min
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If ships could create their own fuel from seawater, they could remain in continuous operation. Researchers say a catalyst could make it a reality.
July 16, 2020 • ~5 min
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Researchers have created a shadow-effect energy generator that can use the contrast between shadows and light to generate electricity.
June 3, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: electricity light renewable-energy earth-and-environment wearable-devices
"Our perovskite solar cells show no thermal degradation even at 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) for over three days..."
May 5, 2020 • ~7 min
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Solar panels with fractal designs inspired by nature could be more energy efficient while also cutting stress, researchers say.
April 20, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: climate-change nature stress renewable-energy earth-and-environment health-and-medicine fractals
Perovskites are in line to replace pricey silicon solar cells, but they break easily. Good news: a little heat can completely heal cracks.
Feb. 12, 2020 • ~4 min
Tags: solar-cells materials-science renewable-energy science-and-technology earth-and-environment
The next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar-powered, researchers say. But it might not work as well in chillier climates.
Feb. 7, 2020 • ~4 min
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