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

Microwave-size harvester gets water from desert air

A new water harvester can get pure drinking water from the air, even in some of the driest desert environments on the planet.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley | Sept. 4, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology batteries metals renewable-energy water

Better renewable energy storage could cut emissions

With more investment, better energy storage for wind and solar power could prevent extra energy from being wasted and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment batteries money renewable-energy taxes

Battery gets ‘blue energy’ from ocean and freshwater mix

A new battery technology can capture "blue energy" from places where saltwater and freshwater mix and constantly keep itself charged.

Rob Jordan-Stanford | July 31, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment batteries renewable-energy salt water


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