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Treating solar cell materials reveals formation of unexpected microstructures
Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have been used in optoelectronic devices including solar cells, photodetectors, light-emitting diodes and lasers, but the surface of hybrid perovskites is prone to surface defects, where charge carriers are trapped in the semiconducting material. To solve this problem, the crystal surface must be passivated. Researchers describe testing hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite crystals treated with benzylamine to investigate the mechanisms by which the surface of the crystal is passivated, and traps states are reduced. (2019-07-30)

Scientists reproduce the dynamics behind astrophysical shocks
Article describes first laboratory measurement of the precursors to high-energy astronomical shocks. (2019-07-30)

New study reveals how TB bacteria may survive in human tissues
Associate Professor Chris Greening and his team of microbiologists from the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, have discovered that some pathogens depend on carbon monoxide to survive when other nutrients are not available. (2019-07-29)

Ultra-thin layers of rust generate electricity from flowing water
Tom Miller of Caltech and Franz Geiger of Northwestern University show that iron oxide layers can convert kinetic energy of saltwater into electrical power. (2019-07-29)

NASA's TESS mission scores 'hat trick' with 3 new worlds
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has found 3 new worlds in a system that promises to be among the most important targets for future studies. (2019-07-29)

BU researchers predict global energy needs will increase 25% by 2050
BU researchers predict global energy needs will increase 25% by 2050, which could lead to more greenhouse gas emissions (2019-07-29)

NASA's TESS mission finds 'missing link' planets
NASA's newest planet-hunting satellite has discovered a type of planet missing from our own solar system. The finding will soon allow for study of this 'missing link' between rocky Earth-like planets and gas-dominant mini-Neptunes. (2019-07-29)

Researchers recreate the sun's solar wind and plasma 'burps' on Earth
A new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison physicists mimicked solar winds in the lab, confirming how they develop and providing an Earth-bound model for the future study of solar physics. (2019-07-29)

Continuing the Apollo legacy
Fifty years after the first landing on the Moon, scientists from the University of Cologne have combined new geochemical information to determine the Moon's age using samples from different Apollo missions. The results are published in 'Nature Geoscience'. (2019-07-29)

Solar panels cast shade on agriculture in a good way
Combining solar panel (photovoltaic) infrastructure and agriculture creates a mutually beneficial relationship. This practice of co-locating the two by planting crops under the shade of solar panels is called agrivoltaics. (2019-07-29)

'Deforming' solar cells could be clue to improved efficiency
Solar cells and light sensing technologies could be made more efficient by taking advantage of an unusual property due to deformations and defects in their structures. (2019-07-29)

Demonstration of alpha particle confinement capability in helical fusion plasmas
A team of fusion researchers demonstrated that ions with energy in mega electron volt range are superiorly confined in a plasma for the first time in helical systems. This promises alpha particle confinement required for realizing fusion energy in a helical reactor. The results were obtained by deuterium plasma experiments in the Large Helical Device and with a newly developed detector for measuring neutrons created by the reaction between background deuterons and fusion-born energetic ions. (2019-07-29)

A good first step toward nontoxic solar cells
A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has found what they believe is a more stable, less toxic semiconductor for solar applications, using a novel double mineral discovered through data analytics and quantum-mechanical calculations. (2019-07-26)

Yellow is not the new black: Discovery paves way for new generation of solar cells
A study led by KU Leuven for the first time explains how a promising type of perovskites -- man-made crystals that can convert sunlight into electricity -- can be stabilized. As a result, the crystals turn black, enabling them to absorb sunlight. This is necessary to be able to use them in new solar panels that are easy to make and highly efficient. The study was published in Science. (2019-07-26)

Solar energy becomes biofuel without solar cells
Soon we will be able to replace fossil fuels with a carbon-neutral product created from solar energy, carbon dioxide and water. Researchers at Uppsala University have successfully produced microorganisms that can efficiently produce the alcohol butanol using carbon dioxide and solar energy, without needing to use solar cells. This has been presented in a new study published in the scientific journal Energy & Environmental Science. (2019-07-26)

New space discovery sheds light on how planets form
A newly-discovered planet orbiting one of the brightest young stars known could provide valuable information on how planetary bodies form. (2019-07-25)

Study: Reducing greenhouse gas in rocky mountain region has health, financial benefits
Research by Drexel University and the University of Colorado at Boulder suggests that imposing fees on energy producers that emit greenhouse gas could improve the health and financial well-being of the Rocky Mountain region. (2019-07-25)

High-performance flow batteries offer path to grid-level renewable energy storage
A low-cost, high-performance battery chemistry developed by University of Colorado Boulder researchers could one day lead to scalable grid-level storage for wind and solar energy that could help electrical utilities reduce their dependency on fossil fuels. (2019-07-25)

'Terminators' on the Sun trigger plasma tsunamis and the start of new solar cycles
In a pair of new papers, scientists paint a picture of how solar cycles suddenly die, potentially causing tsunamis of plasma to race through the Sun's interior and trigger the birth of the next sunspot cycle only a few short weeks later. (2019-07-24)

Renewable and nonrenewable energy in Myanmar's economic growth
An international group of scientists including a researcher from Ural Federal University developed a mathematical model that describes the influence of regenerative and non-regenerative energy sources on the economic growth of Myanmar. The work was published in the Environmental Science and Pollution Research journal and supported with a grant of the Russian Science Foundation. (2019-07-23)

Inside dark, polar moon craters, water not as invincible as expected, scientists argue
The Moon's south pole region is home to some of the most extreme environments in the solar system: it's unimaginably cold, massively cratered, and has areas that are either constantly bathed in sunlight or in darkness. This is precisely why NASA wants to send astronauts there in 2024 as part of its Artemis program. (2019-07-23)

Water solutions without a grain of salt
Monash University researchers have developed technology that can deliver clean water to thousands of communities worldwide. (2019-07-23)

Special issue: 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing
Fifty years ago, in July 1969, the Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the Moon and humans left their first mark on the surface of another world. In this special issue of Science, a Review, Policy Forum, Feature from Science's news department and an Editorial by Science Editor-In-Chief, Jeremy Berg, celebrate the semicentennial anniversary of the landing, its scientific impact and explore the potential future of lunar exploration. (2019-07-18)

China's plans to solve the mysteries of the moon
China, in collaboration with several countries, is now at the forefront of lunar exploration. In an article published on July 18 in Science, researchers laid out what the China Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) has accomplished since their launch in 2007 and their plans into the next three decades. (2019-07-18)

Could the heat of the Earth's crust become the ultimate energy source?
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Sanoh Industrial developed a very stable battery cell that can directly convert heat into electricity, thus finally providing a way for exploiting geothermal energy in a sustainable way. (2019-07-17)

Research shows black plastics could create renewable energy
New study looks at how plastics can be recycled and could help reduce plastic waste. (2019-07-16)

Breakthrough material could lead to cheaper, more widespread solar panels and electronics
Two physics research groups at the University of Kansas have generated free electrons from organic semiconductors when combined with a single atomic layer of molybdenum disulfide, a recently discovered two-dimensional semiconductor. (2019-07-16)

2D perovskite materials found to have unique, conductive edge states
A new class of 2D perovskite materials with edges that are conductive like metals and cores that are insulating was found by researchers who said these unique properties have applications in solar cells and nanoelectronics. (2019-07-15)

Rice device channels heat into light
Rice University engineers use their carbon nanotube films to create a device to recycle waste heat. The device could enhance solar cell output and increase the efficiency of industrial waste-heat recovery. (2019-07-12)

Shifts to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty, PSU study finds
Efforts to shift away from fossil fuels and replace oil and coal with renewable energy sources can help reduce carbon emissions but do so at the expense of increased inequality, according to a new Portland State University study (2019-07-12)

A crystal clear step closer to commerical solar cells
Record-breaking, high-efficiency single crystals bring perovskite solar cells closer to market. (2019-07-11)

Fossil fuels increasingly offer a poor return on energy investment
University of Leeds researchers have calculated the EROI for fossil fuels over a 16 year period and found that at the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those of renewable energy sources -- roughly 6:1, and potentially as low as 3:1 in the case of electricity. (2019-07-11)

Solar power with a free side of drinking water
An integrated system seamlessly harnesses sunlight to cogenerate electricity and fresh water. (2019-07-10)

Beat the heat
University of Utah mechanical engineering associate professor Mathieu Francoeur has discovered a way to produce more electricity from heat than thought possible by creating a silicon chip, also known as a 'device,' that converts more thermal radiation into electricity. This could lead to devices such as laptop computers and cellphones with much longer battery life and solar panels that are much more efficient at converting radiant heat to energy. (2019-07-10)

Holes in the Universe sharpen cosmic measurements
Regions of the Universe containing very few or no galaxies -- known as voids -- can help measure cosmic expansion with much greater precision than before, according to new research. (2019-07-10)

No more trial-and-error when choosing an electrolyte for metal-air batteries
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a one-parameter measure that makes selecting the correct electrolyte for potassium-air batteries an exercise in rationality, rather than patience. (2019-07-10)

Organic solar cells will last 10 years in space
Scientists from the Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology, the Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS, and the Department of Chemistry of MSU presented solar cells based on conjugated polymers and fullerene derivatives, that demonstrated record-high radiation stability and withstand gamma radiation of >6,000 Gy raising hopes for their stable operation on the near-earth orbit during 10 years or even longer. The results of the study were published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. (2019-07-09)

Charge transfer within transition-metal dyes analysed
Transition-metal complexes in dye-based solar cells are responsible for converting light into electrical energy. A model of spatial charge separation within the molecule has been used to describe this conversion. However, an analysis at BESSY II shows that this description of the process is too simple. (2019-07-09)

20 overlooked benefits of distributed solar energy
A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy -- from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. (2019-07-09)

Tuning the energy levels of organic semiconductors
Physicists from the Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials (IAPP) and the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) at the TU Dresden, together with researchers from Tübingen, Potsdam and Mainz were able to demonstrate how electronic energies in organic semiconductor films can be tuned by electrostatic forces. (2019-07-08)

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