Next gen solar cells can handle 390-degree heat

"Our perovskite solar cells show no thermal degradation even at 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) for over three days..."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

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

Solar panels with more natural designs could cut stress

Solar panels with fractal designs inspired by nature could be more energy efficient while also cutting stress, researchers say.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change nature stress renewable-energy earth-and-environment health-and-medicine fractals

Two walls may beat one for solar-panel nanotubes

New research on Russian doll-like nanotubes could pave the way for their use in solar panels.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: graphene nanotechnology materials-science renewable-energy science-and-technology

Hydropower dams threaten fish habitats worldwide

New maps outline the threat hydropower dams pose to fish habitats worldwide. The maps could help with decision-making around new dams.

Stanford • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation fish renewable-energy earth-and-environment

A little heat can fix cracks in perovskite films

Perovskites are in line to replace pricey silicon solar cells, but they break easily. Good news: a little heat can completely heal cracks.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~4 min

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

Clear solar panels could power future greenhouses

The next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar-powered, researchers say. But it might not work as well in chillier climates.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: energy plants photosynthesis renewable-energy earth-and-environment

Lasers transform metal into ‘perfect’ solar absorber

Researchers have used femto-second laser pulses to etch nano-sized designs onto black metal, turning it into a solar energy absorber.

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
Feb. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: lasers materials-science renewable-energy metals science-and-technology

Special solar panels could work when the sun goes down

What if solar panels could generate power when there's no sunlight? It could be possible with the right solar cell, reasearchers say.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
Jan. 30, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: renewable-energy sun earth-and-environment solar-energy

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 • futurity
Jan. 13, 2020 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Dec. 30, 2019 ~6 min

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

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