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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...
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...
Electric cars can power buildings from the parking lot

Electric cars can power buildings from the parking lot

Using energy stored in the batteries of electric vehicles to power large buildings not only provides electricity for the building, but also increases the...
New energy harvester could improve performance of flexible wearable electronics

New energy harvester could improve performance of flexible wearable electronics

In a proof-of-concept study, North Carolina State University engineers have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester that has the potential to rival the effectiveness...
Solar heating could cover over 80 percent of domestic heating requirements in Nordic countries

Solar heating could cover over 80 percent of domestic heating requirements in Nordic countries

According to researchers at Aalto University, by using suitable systems, more than 80% of heating energy for Finnish households could be produced using solar...
Stanford discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide

Stanford discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide

Most cars and trucks in the United States run on a blend of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol, a renewable fuel made...
Electrolytes made from liquefied gas enable batteries to run at ultra-low temperatures

Electrolytes made from liquefied gas enable batteries to run at ultra-low temperatures

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a breakthrough in electrolyte chemistry that enables lithium batteries to run at temperatures as...