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Scientists develop solar energy collectors grown from seeds

Engineers create seeds for growing near-perfect 2D perovskite crystals. Rice University engineers have created microscopic seeds for growing remarkably uniform 2D perovskite crystals that are...

Solar power and energy storage combo boosts power reliability unexpectedly

New study shows that when a power system combines energy storage and solar power generation, the end result is greater than the sum of...

Scientists discover how oxygen loss saps a lithium-ion battery’s voltage

When lithium ions flow in and out of a battery electrode during charging and discharging, a tiny bit of oxygen seeps out and the...

Scientists take an atomic look at lithium-rich batteries

Batteries have come a long way since Volta first stacked copper and zinc discs together 200 years ago. While the technology has continued to evolve...

Doping trick removes key hurdle for next-gen solar cells

Researchers have figured out a way to overcome a key hurdle in making efficient perovskite solar cells, one that also sequesters CO2. Perovskite solar cells...

Scientists find new way to generate electricity with tiny carbon particles

MIT engineers have discovered a new way of generating electricity using tiny carbon particles that can create a current simply by interacting with liquid...

Scientists are one step closer to completely transparent solar cells

Developing new ultrathin metal electrodes has allowed researchers to create semitransparent perovskite solar cells that are highly efficient and can be coupled with traditional...

Key questions about next-gen electric vehicle batteries

The next generation of electric vehicle batteries, with greater range and improved safety, could be emerging in the form of lithium metal, solid-state technology. But...

Scientists find new ‘gold standard’ compound for generating electricity from heat

The transverse thermoelectric generator could produce enough electricity from car exhaust to propel a vehicle forward. Thermoelectric power generators that make electrical power from waste...

This compound in candles lights the way to grid-scale energy storage

A compound used widely in candles offers promise for a much more modern energy challenge—storing massive amounts of energy to be fed into the...