Energy

New way to protect perovskite from water

New way to protect perovskite from water

Harvesting sunlight and using it to power our homes and devices is a reality today. Generally, most commercial solar cells are made of silicon. However, a...
Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave...
New transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

New transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its...
3 ways plant-based biofuels can be more sustainable

3 ways plant-based biofuels can be more sustainable

A few key principles for managing environmental tradeoffs could make cellulosic biofuels—liquid energy derived from grasses and wood—better for the climate and economy. “The climate benefit...
Nano light detector may mean smaller solar panels

Nano light detector may mean smaller solar panels

Scientists have created a nanoscale light detector that can convert light to energy, combining both a unique fabrication method and light-trapping structures. In today’s increasingly...
New material may help cut battery costs for electric cars, cellphones

New material may help cut battery costs for electric cars, cellphones

In the battle of the batteries, lithium-ion technology is the reigning champion, powering that cellphone in your pocket as well as an increasing number...
Magic alloy could mean cheaper solar power

Magic alloy could mean cheaper solar power

Researchers have developed a new kind of semiconductor alloy capable of capturing the near-infrared light located on the edge of the visible light spectrum. Easier...
Self-powered system makes smart windows smarter

Self-powered system makes smart windows smarter

Smart windows equipped with controllable glazing can augment lighting, cooling and heating systems by varying their tint, saving up to 40 percent in an...
Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production

Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production

Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation...
Revolutionary tech helps Parker Solar Probe fly through the sun's corona safely

Revolutionary tech helps Parker Solar Probe fly through the sun’s corona safely

Breakthroughs in solar panel cooling tech will help keep the Parker Solar Probe operating at peak performance. As NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft begins its first historic...

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