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High renewable electricity growth continued in 2015
The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that US renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. (2016-12-06)
Game changer for organic solar cells
Researchers develop a simple processing technique that could cut the cost of organic photovoltaics and wearable electronics. (2016-12-05)
Infrastructure data for everyone
How much electricity flows through the grid? When and where? (2016-12-05)
Ultrathin protective layer brings quite a bit more stability to perovskite solar cell
The addition of a few nanometers of a thin layer of aluminum oxide protects a perovskite solar cell against humidity -- still a major stumbling block to the commercial application of this new type of solar cell. (2016-12-05)
Simple processing technique could cut cost of organic PV and wearable electronics
A simple solution-based electrical doping technique could help reduce the cost of polymer solar cells and organic electronic devices, potentially expanding the applications for these technologies. (2016-12-05)
NASA's Sun-observing IRIS mission
The sun may seem static from Earth's vantage point, 93 million miles away, but our star is constantly changing. (2016-12-01)
Northern Ohio institutions become laboratories for future energy usage
Case Western Reserve University, NASA Glenn Research Center and the University of Toledo will serve as 'living laboratories' that demonstrate the value of integrating distributed energy sources with the assortment of devices, equipment and other power consumers within buildings and across the grid. (2016-12-01)
New evidence on the formation of the solar system
International research involving a Monash University scientist is using new computer models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system. (2016-12-01)
Perovskite solar cells hit new world efficiency record
They're flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make - which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. (2016-12-01)
A&A special issue: GREGOR first results
This special issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics contains a series of scientific articles, which are based on data obtained with the GREGOR solar telescope in 2014 and 2015. (2016-12-01)
What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?
Same class of algorithms used by Google and Netflix can also tell us if distant planetary systems are stable or not. (2016-12-01)
Physics, photosynthesis and solar cells
A University of California, Riverside assistant professor has combined photosynthesis and physics to make a key discovery that could help make solar cells more efficient. (2016-11-30)
Throwing new light on printed organic solar cells
Researchers at the University of Surrey have achieved record power conversion efficiencies for large area organic solar cells. (2016-11-30)
New fabrication technique leads to broader sunlight absorption in plastic solar cells
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new strategy for fabricating more efficient plastic solar cells. (2016-11-29)
Georgia State opens South Pole Solar Observatory in Antarctica
Dr. Stuart Jefferies, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University, will lead a multi-institutional team in opening the South Pole Solar Observatory in Antarctica and installing and operating instruments that will record high-resolution images of the sun. (2016-11-29)
Australian solar tech to help China reach clean energy targets
Australia's solar heliostat technology will be used for concentrating solar thermal electricity generation in China. (2016-11-28)
Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of solar system
A research team led by University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system. (2016-11-28)
Development of graphene microwave photodetector
DGIST developed cryogenic microwave photodetector which is able to detect 100,000 times smaller light energy compared to the existing photedetectors. (2016-11-24)
Pluto follows its cold, cold heart
Pluto's 'heart' may be cold as ice, but it's in the right place, according to research by University of Arizona scientists who believe the iconic region of frozen ice may have shifted its location -- and dragged the entire planet with it. (2016-11-16)
Solar smart window could offer privacy and light control on demand (video)
Smart windows get darker to filter out the sun's rays on bright days, and turn clear on cloudy days to let more light in. (2016-11-16)
A new way to image solar cells in 3-D
Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a way to use optical microscopy to map thin-film solar cells in 3-D as they absorb photons. (2016-11-15)
Light detector with record-high sensitivity to revolutionize imaging
The research team led by Professor Hele Savin has developed a new light detector that can capture more than 96 percent of the photons covering visible, ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths. (2016-11-14)
Wind and solar energy projects could bring 5,000 new jobs to rural Minnesota
While Minnesota's state energy policies have been a large driver in the shift from fossil fuels to renewables, the federal Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit have played a major role in shaping the state's clean energy economy while keeping rates affordable for utility customers, according to a new report from the University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab. (2016-11-14)
Battery cars a better choice for reducing emissions than fuel cells, Stanford study finds
Many communities would be better off investing in electric vehicles that run on batteries instead of hydrogen fuel cells, in part because the hydrogen infrastructure provides few additional energy benefits for the community besides clean transportation. (2016-11-14)
New way to make low-cost solar cell technology
Researchers at the Australian National University have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough that could lead to more efficient and cheaper solar electricity. (2016-11-14)
NASA finds unusual origins of high-energy electrons
High above Earth's surface, our magnetic field constantly deflects incoming ultra-fast particles from the sun. (2016-11-14)
'Back to the Future' inspires solar nanotech-powered clothing
Marty McFly's self-lacing Nikes in 'Back to the Future Part II' inspired a University of Central Florida scientist who has developed filaments that harvest and store the sun's energy -- and can be woven into textiles. (2016-11-13)
Stanford solar physicist finds new way to study the inner workings of the sun
Neutrinos from the sun carry information about its fiery core but they are extremely hard to detect. (2016-11-10)
Ready for launch: CU Boulder instrument suite to assess space weather
A multimillion dollar University of Colorado Boulder instrument package expected to help scientists better understand potentially damaging space weather is now slated to launch aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite on Saturday, Nov. (2016-11-10)
Simulation brings global 100 percent renewable electricity system alive for the first time
A new model developed by Lappeenranta University of Technology shows how an electricity system mainly based on solar and wind works in all regions of the world. (2016-11-09)
Two NASA Goddard employees win Women in Aerospace awards
Dr. Colleen Hartman and Dr. Holly Gilbert of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., recently received awards for their contributions to the aerospace community. (2016-11-09)
Major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite
With its ease of manufacture, perovskite has the potential to replace silicon for inexpensive solar cells. (2016-11-07)
System opens up high-performance programming to nonexperts
Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Stony Brook University have developed a new system that allows users to describe what they want their programs to do in very general terms. (2016-11-07)
RIT professor wins Smithsonian, Carnegie and SAI fellowships
Rochester Institute of Technology professor Joel Kastner is broadening and deepening his research program on the origins of our solar system and planetary systems orbiting other stars while on four consecutive fellowships and visiting positions during his sabbatical this academic year. (2016-11-04)
GRAPES-3 indicates a crack in Earth's magnetic shield
The GRAPES-3 muon telescope, the largest and most sensitive cosmic ray monitor recorded a burst of galactic cosmic rays that indicated a crack in the Earth's magnetic shield. (2016-11-03)
UCI chemist Shane Ardo named one of 5 inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows
Shane Ardo, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, has been named a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and will receive $825,000 over three years to fund the development of solar-powered desalination technologies to help solve water scarcity problems for nearly a billion people worldwide. (2016-11-02)
New instrument could search for signatures of life on Mars
A sensing technique that the US military currently uses to remotely monitor the air to detect potentially life-threatening chemicals, toxins, and pathogens has inspired a new instrument that could 'sniff' for life on Mars and other targets in the solar system -- the Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument, or BILI. (2016-11-01)
Clouds are impeding global warming... for now
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have identified a mechanism that causes low clouds -- and their influence on Earth's energy balance -- to respond differently to global warming depending on their spatial pattern. (2016-10-31)
New theory explains how the moon got there
Earth's Moon is an unusual object in our solar system, and now there's a new theory to explain how it got where it is, which puts some twists on the current 'giant impact' theory. (2016-10-31)
Mystery solved behind birth of Saturn's rings
A team of researchers have presented a new model for the origin of Saturn's rings based on results of computer simulations. (2016-10-31)
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