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October 21, 2020

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Tough Love: Intense Glare Helps Next-Gen Solar Tech Through Awkward Phase

Researchers have shown that high-intensity light will reverse light-induced phase segregation in mixed-halide perovskites, enabling bandgap control and maximizing efficiency for potential ...

Colorful Perovskites: Thermochromic Window Technologies

Scientists report a breakthrough in developing a next-generation thermochromic window that not only reduces the need for air conditioning but simultaneously generates ...

New Solar Panel Design Could Lead to Wider Use of Renewable Energy

Researchers say the breakthrough could lead to the production of thinner, lighter and more flexible solar panels that could be used to power more homes and be used in a wider range of ...

Team Extracts More Energy from Sunlight With Advanced Solar Panels

Researchers working to maximize solar panel efficiency said layering advanced materials atop traditional silicon is a promising path to eke more energy out of sunlight. A new study shows that by ...
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Teaching an Old Spectroscope New Tricks

Researchers have improved a method for probing semiconducting crystals with light to detect defects and impurities. The details of their 'omnidirectional photoluminescence (ODPL) ...

California Offshore Winds Show Promise as Power Source

One of the challenges of moving toward fully renewable energy in California by 2045 is matching production to demand. Consumer demand peaks in the evening when solar energy is no longer available. ...

Battery-Free Game Boy Runs Forever

Researchers develop first-ever battery-free, energy-harvesting, interactive device. And it looks and feels like a retro 8-bit Nintendo Game ...

New Understanding of Electrolyte Additives Will Improve Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Dye-sensitised solar cells could perform better thanks to improved understanding of additives in optimizing electrolytes. Researchers have determined that the molecules 4-tert-butylpyridine (tBP) and ...

Molecule to Store Solar Energy Developed

Researchers have developed a molecule that absorbs energy from sunlight and stores it in chemical bonds. A possible long-term use of the molecule is to capture solar energy efficiently and store it ...

New Insights for Sun-Gathering Technologies

Researchers are taking a page from Nature's lesson book. Inspired by the way plants and other photosynthetic organisms collect and use the sun's radiant energy, they hope to develop ...

Wireless Device Makes Clean Fuel from Sunlight, CO2 and Water

Researchers have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional components or ...

Large Tin Monosulfide Crystal Opens Pathway for Next Generation Solar Cells

A team has succeeded in growing large single crystals of tin monosulfide, a material used in next generation solar ...

Climate Change Impact on Green Energy Production

As the climate of the planet is changing, many researchers are looking to more renewable energy sources. Researchers investigate whether the power generated by solar and wind farms would differ ...

Transparent Solar Panels for Windows Hit Record 8 Percent Efficiency

In a step closer to skyscrapers that serve as power sources, researchers have set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar ...

Converting Solar Energy to Hydrogen Fuel, With Help from Photosynthesis

Global economic growth comes with increasing demand for energy, but stepping up energy production can be challenging. Recently, scientists have achieved record efficiency for solar-to-fuel ...

Efficient Low-Cost System for Producing Power at Night

Researchers have designed an off-grid, low-cost modular energy source that can efficiently produce power at night. The system uses commercially available technology and could eventually help meet the ...

Perovskite and Organic Solar Cells Rocketed Into Space

Researchers have sent perovskite and organic solar cells on a rocket into space. The solar cells withstood the extreme conditions in space, producing power from direct sunlight and reflective light ...

Countries Transitioning to Zero Carbon Should Look at More Than Technology Cost

A 'one-size-fits-all' approach to producing cleaner energy based on cost alone could create social inequalities, finds a new ...

Molecular Additives Enhance Mechanical Properties of Organic Solar Cell Material

Computational experiments on semiconducting polymers show that under harsh loading conditions -- stretching and compression -- the addition of small molecules enhances performance and stability. The ...

Analysis of Renewable Energy Points Toward More Affordable Carbon-Free Electricity

A study identifies long-term storage technologies that would enhance the affordability and reliability of renewable ...

May the Force Be With You: Detecting Ultrafast Light by Its Force

A research team has developed a new technique to detect nano-sized imperfections in materials. They believe this discovery will lead to improvements in the optical detectors used in a wide range of ...

Incorporating Solar Harvesting Into the Side of Buildings Could Enhance Energy Sustainability

If builders could incorporate solar harvesting into the siding of a building, the amount of energy from the grid that a structure would need may significantly decrease. Researchers have demonstrated ...

For Solar Boom, Scrap Silicon for This Promising Mineral

Engineers have found that photovoltaic wafers in solar panels with all-perovskite structures outperform photovoltaic cells made from state-of-the-art crystalline silicon, as well as ...

Faster LEDs for Wireless Communications from Invisible Light

Researchers have solved a major problem for optical wireless communications - the process by which light carries information between cell phones and other devices. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) pulse ...

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