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New Type of Solar Cell Could Be Cheaper and More Commercially Viable

New Type of Solar Cell Could Be Cheaper and More Commercially Viable

Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a new type of perovskite solar cell that promises to be cheaper and more commercial viable than current perovskite cells.  Read more »

New Nonotech Supercapacitors Could Outperform Batteries

New Nonotech Supercapacitors Could Outperform Batteries

Scientists at the University of Central Florida have developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can charged in seconds and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading.  Read more »

Human Population through Time

Human Population through Time

The American Museum of Natural History has posted an animation of the growth of human population. When will global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources as we approach 11 billion?  Read more »

Major Advance in Perovskite Solar Cells Claimed

Major Advance in Perovskite Solar Cells Claimed

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have reported a new design of perovskite solar cells that achieve an average steady-state efficiency of 18.4% and a peak efficiency of 26% – higher than any other perovskite and much better than the polycrystalline silicon solar cells used to power most electronic devices and homes.   Read more »

Turning Sewage into “Biocrude”

Turning Sewage into “Biocrude”

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have produced a “biocrude” oil fom sewage waste. The biocrude can be further refined into liquid fuels similar to petroleum products.  Read more »

Wind Turbine with Built-in Hydroelectric Storage

Wind Turbine with Built-in Hydroelectric Storage

The German company Max Boegl Wind AG and GE Renewable Energy are collaborating on the first wind farm with an integrated hydropower plant.  Read more »

Wave-powered Desalination

Wave-powered Desalination

The current test device is able to produce about 1,900 litres of fresh waste a day. A slightly larger production unit is planned to produce up to 13,000 lites of desalinated water per day at about half of current desalination processes.  Read more »

Storing Solar Energy in Heat Batteries

Storing Solar Energy in Heat Batteries

Sunamp is storing excess PV energy in a “heat battery” containing the same kind of phase change material used in hand warmers. When hot water is needed, it is passed through the heat battery containing the phase change material. This brings the water up to the required temperature using the energy that would have otherwise gone to waste or been sold to the grid.   Read more »

Drinking Beer Could Help Reduce Energy Storage Costs

Drinking Beer Could Help Reduce Energy Storage Costs

Engineers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells.  Read more »

World’s First Kite-driven Power Station

World’s First Kite-driven Power Station

What is thought to be the world’s first non-experimental, kite-driven power station is to be be established offshore in Southern Scotland.  Read more »