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Next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar-powered

4 days ago

Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy –- primarily from the…
Argonne and Washington University scientists unravel mystery of photosynthesis

February 6, 2020

Researchers at Argonne and Washington University in St. Louis work to solve age-old mystery of how plants harness…
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Energy for future heating systems can be stored in salt

January 27, 2020

Solar thermal collectors, combined with the storage of energy in salt batteries, can cover 71 percent of the…
Chemistry finding could make solar energy more efficient

January 21, 2020

Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb sunlight efficiently and also act…
New study on a recently discovered chlorophyll molecule could be key to better solar cells

January 15, 2020

Photosynthesis, the process by which some organisms convert sunlight into chemical energy, is well known. But, it is…
DTU researchers develop sustainable tandem solar cell

December 23, 2019

For several years, DTU researchers have worked closely with Danish catalysis company Haldor Topsøe and others to combine…
What Will Developing Solar Technologies Mean for the Energy Market?

December 15, 2019

Climate change is worsening, and consumers are conscious of their role. As a result, solar technology is booming.…
Scientists harvest energy from light using bio-inspired artificial cells

December 12, 2019

Artificial biology insight could yield new way to store energy. By replicating biological machinery with non-biological components, scientists…
UK among countries threatening overseas species through renewable energy demand

December 9, 2019

A new study has shown that the UK is one of the main countries threatening biodiversity loss overseas…
New Study Shows the Best Renewables to Install Based on Geographic Region

November 22, 2019

For decades, major decision-makers such as government officials, energy companies and business leaders have struggled on deciding how,…
Researchers Inspired by How Plants, Bacteria Can Harvest Sunlight Energy

November 14, 2019

Plants and bacteria use antennae and other physical structures to capture sunlight. But how is that sunlight energy…
Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture

November 8, 2019

A new Princeton University-led study in Nature Communications is among the first to show that solar and wind energy…
Improving estimates of transmission capital costs for utility-scale wind and solar projects to inform renewable energy policy

October 24, 2019

A new study conducted by Berkeley Lab entitled Improving estimates of transmission capital costs for utility-scale wind and solar…
Welcome indoors, solar cells

September 20, 2019

Swedish and Chinese scientists have developed organic solar cells optimised to convert ambient indoor light to electricity. The…
Nano bulb lights novel path

September 19, 2019

What may be viewed as the world’s smallest incandescent lightbulb is shining in a Rice University engineering laboratory…
The UK Is Set to Miss Its EU 2020 Renewable Energy Target (Infographic)

September 13, 2019

The deadline for the EU 2020 renewable energy targets is approaching, however, not all member states will manage…
Tool Could Keep Solar Power From Going Off The Grid

August 25, 2019

PNNL research creates new approach to managing solar power transmission and distribution. Utility engineers have the difficult task…
These are Phaeodactylum tricornutum diatoms. Image credit: Ananya Agarwal/Rutgers Biophysics Molecular Ecology Laboratory
Scientists Discover Key Factors in How Some Algae Harness Solar Energy

August 21, 2019

Scientists have discovered how diatoms – a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen…
NextEra Energy Satellite Hack

August 16, 2019

At NextEra Energy, the artificial intelligence (AI) is leveraged to see the invisible and nearly infinite data points…
Nanowire arrays could improve solar cells

August 9, 2019

Transparent electrodes are a critical component of solar cells and electronic displays. To collect electricity in a solar…
Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency, new study shows

August 8, 2019

The most productive places on Earth for solar power are farmlands, according to an Oregon State University study.…
In the heat of the light

August 6, 2019

Scientists at Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories are drawing on decades of nuclear research on salts to…
Clean water—Sunny desalination

August 2, 2019

A new method developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory improves the energy efficiency of a desalination process known…
Machine Money: Empowering Devices with Wallets

July 15, 2019

Up until now devices were only able to send data to each other. This means that if a…
Study identifies 20 overlooked benefits of distributed solar energy

July 10, 2019

A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy — from…
NEDO, Sharp, and Toyota to Begin Public Road Trials of Electrified Vehicles Equipped with High-efficiency Solar Batteries

July 9, 2019

NEDO, Sharp Corporation (Sharp), and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) plan to commence public road trials from late July…
Getting more heat out of sunlight

July 8, 2019

A newly developed material that is so perfectly transparent you can barely see it could unlock many new…
“Chameleon roofs” of future could save money, energy

July 8, 2019

In Bill Yu’s future world, the roof of your house might change its colors from dark blue to…
Scientists seek solar clues in a material with split nature

July 7, 2019

Scientists reveal interplay between organic and inorganic components. Scientists and engineers around the world are on the hunt…
Solar Park boost for nature

July 5, 2019

Solar farms offer huge potential to address the UK’s biodiversity crisis, according to a new report. The Natural…
Steam Generators ‘Grown’ on Natural Materials could Help Solve Looming Fresh Water Crisis

June 26, 2019

Discovering new and more efficient methods of harvesting fresh water from non-potable sources is becoming more and more…
‘Hot spots’ increase efficiency of solar desalination

June 19, 2019

Rice University’s solar-powered approach for purifying salt water with sunlight and nanoparticles is even more efficient than its…
Swiss Researchers Develop a Technique for making Carbon-Neutral Fuel from Sunlight and Air

June 18, 2019

Prompted by the need for carbon-neutral fuels, which are imperative for the sustainability of aviation and maritime transport,…
Is it true that firefighters are reluctant to work on houses with solar panels? What are the hazards?

May 31, 2019

More and more houses are going to have solar panels. The technology is getting cheaper, people are becoming…
Solar-powered hydrogen fuels a step closer

May 10, 2019

Researchers have used a graphite coating that makes perovskite solar cells waterproof. A cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable…
Solar schools: Stanford research examines overlooked benefits of solar panels on U.S. campuses

May 9, 2019

Sunshine splashing onto school rooftops and campuses across the country is an undertapped resource that could help shrink…
Researchers run the wastewater through a specially designed chamber, use a lamp to simulate sunlight, and watch the organic compounds in the waste breakdown and the hydrogen bubble up. Image courtesy of the researchers
Harnessing sunlight to pull hydrogen from wastewater

May 8, 2019

Hydrogen is a critical component in the manufacture of thousands of common products from plastic to fertilizers, but…
Study shows value of sharing energy – including wind and solar – across America’s grids

May 6, 2019

As the sun drops on another busy day in America, arrows on a map of the country point…
Durability Vs. Recyclability: Dueling Goals in Making Electronics More Sustainable

April 12, 2019

The falling cost of solar power has led to a boom in recent years, with more and more…
LLNL researchers launch collaboration with communities improve clean energy

March 14, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently launched a new initiative focused on sharing solutions developed at the Lab…
More than 60% of electric generating capacity installed in 2018 was fueled by natural gas

March 13, 2019

Based on EIA’s December 2018 monthly electric generator inventory of utility-scale generation, 31.3 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity were added…
Most U.S. utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plants are 5 megawatts or smaller

February 8, 2019

The United States has more than 2,500 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generating facilities. Most of these power…
The Current State of Solar Power Adoption in the UK

January 17, 2019

Solar power is a renewable source of energy and accounts for about one percent of the global generation…
New passive seawater desalination method is twice more efficient than current ones and is likely to improve even further. Image courtesy of the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Torino.
New Seawater Desalination Method to Prevent Looming Water Shortages Estimated to Affect Billions of People

January 16, 2019

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, massive water shortages could affect almost 2 billion people around…
Who benefits from the solar energy revolution?

January 11, 2019

Not everyone is benefiting equally from the availability of new solar energy technologies, a new study by researchers…
Tandem solar cells must be efficient and sustainable

December 28, 2018

Major research collaboration to break the barrier for how much energy a sustainable tandem solar cell can produce.…
The brief history of solar energy

December 17, 2018

Solar Energy is becoming an alternative energy source as opposed to burning fossil fuels which are why more…
“Sun in a box” would store renewable energy for the grid

December 10, 2018

MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as…
Modernizing the power grid through the innovative solar project

December 3, 2018

The Case School of Engineering and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University…
Making solar panels that last half a century

November 8, 2018

A team of solar energy researchers from Case Western Reserve University has been awarded $1.35 million from the U.S.…
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