Neighbors’ solar panels can shift climate change beliefs

Adding more solar panels to a neighborhood can increase the number of people living there who believe that human action causes climate change.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment beliefs climate-change neighborhoods renewable-energy social-lives

How a few tweaks revived near-dead solar tech

Researchers had all but given up on emerging organic solar cell technology, but chemical tweaks brought them back from the brink. Here's how it worked.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

Thin films could make solar panels better and cheaper

A new kind of semiconductor made from barium zirconium sulfide instead of silicon could pave the way for better solar panels, LEDs, and sensors.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Dec. 26, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electronics led materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

‘Two-faced’ solar cells generate a lot more power

If solar panels could gather sunlight from two sides instead of one, they could generate up to 20% more power, a new formula shows.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment electricity renewable-energy sunlight sustainability

Upgrade makes perovskite solar cells last and last

A new way to produce perovskite solar cells using inorganic ingredients limits their defects and lets them last for months.

Mike Williams-Rice | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology lead materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

Carbon capture might not be such a great idea

Carbon capture technologies could actually produce more carbon dioxide than they suck up. Focusing on renewables is a better solution, researchers say.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change coal electricity renewable-energy sustainability

Solar power tech improves light-up probes for cancer cells

Using solar power technology solves a lot of the problems with the fluorescent dyes used to detect and attack cancer cells.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine cancer light renewable-energy

Shift away from coal saves billions of gallons of water

Moving from coal to natural gas could help save a lot of water, but moving to renewables would use just a fraction of the water we use today for power.

Tim Lucas-Duke | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment coal natural-gas renewable-energy sustainability water

Curvy solar cells may be one step closer to reality

Solar cells that can be used on a curved surface like the body of a car may be one step closer to reality thanks to a new discovery about conductivity.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment materials-science nanotechnology renewable-energy

Farming under solar panels saves water and creates energy

Growing crops under the shade of solar panels, also called agrivoltaics, could boost food production, use less water, and make solar panels more efficient.

U. Arizona | Sept. 6, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture electricity food renewable-energy water

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