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

Written by , on November 24, 2016

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 »

Major Advance in Perovskite Solar Cells Claimed

Written by , on November 10, 2016

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 »

Wind Turbine with Built-in Hydroelectric Storage

Written by , on November 8, 2016

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

Written by , on October 28, 2016

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 »

World’s First Kite-driven Power Station

Written by , on October 7, 2016

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 »

Plastic Overlay Doubles Solar Panel Efficiency

Written by , on September 16, 2016

A Swiss startup, has developed a thin plastic layer that sits on top of a solar panel and directs the sun’s rays to a small area of very high performance solar cells. The company says that the result is about double the efficiency of traditional solar panels for the same footprint.  Read more »

Solar Cell Produces Fuel from CO2 and Sunlight

Written by , on August 5, 2016

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.  Read more »

Magnetic Fridge Claimed to Halve Power Consumption

Written by , on July 12, 2016

A French company has released a commercial magnetic refrigerator which uses only half the electricity of a conventional compression refrigerator.  Read more »

Concentrated Solar Heat in Developing Countries

Written by , on May 30, 2016

The largest energy demand in many communities is for producing heat, for example for cooking or water sterilization. Using electricity, if available, risks regular blackouts and high costs and wood contributes to deforestation and indoor air pollution.
Using concentrated solar power directly, without the need for expensive and complex components, is ideal for many developing communities energy needs.  Read more »

Process Developed for Mass Producing More Efficient Solar Cells

Written by , on May 12, 2016

A laser-based manufacturing process developed by the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany promises to revolutionise the photovoltaics market. For the first time point-contacted solar cells can be manufactured in series.  Read more »