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New hybrid device can both capture and store solar energy
Researchers have reported a new device that can both efficiently capture solar energy and store it until it is needed, offering promise for applications ranging from power generation to distillation and desalination. (2019-11-20)
Exoplanet axis study boosts hopes of complex life, just not next door
There's new hope that we aren't alone in the universe, that advanced beings may exist on exoplanets. (2019-11-19)
NTU and Dutch scientists show how perovskite solar cells can capture more electricity
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) in a collaboration with the University of Groningen (UG) in the Netherlands, have developed a method to analyse which pairs of materials in next-generation perovskite solar cells will harvest the most energy. (2019-11-16)
Hot electrons harvested without tricks
Semiconductors convert energy from photons into an electron current. However, some photons carry too much energy for the material to absorb. (2019-11-15)
Images from NJIT's big bear solar observatory peel away layers of a stellar mystery
An international team of scientists, including three researchers from NJIT, has shed new light on one of the central mysteries of solar physics: how energy from the Sun is transferred to the star's upper atmosphere, heating it to 1 million degrees Fahrenheit and higher in some regions, temperatures that are vastly hotter than the Sun's surface. (2019-11-15)
NASA Sending solar power generator developed at Ben-Gurion U to space station
'These results lay the groundwork for future space microconcentrator photovoltaic systems and establish a realistic path to exceed 350 w/kg specific power at more than 33% power conversion efficiency by scaling down to even smaller microcells,' the researchers say. (2019-11-14)
Magnetic reconnection on sun's surface launches solar spicules
New observations of solar spicules, ubiquitous jet-like plasma features that punctuate the sun's atmosphere, suggest they are generated by the energy released as the two disparate magnetic fields snap back into alignment near the solar surface. (2019-11-14)
Distant worlds under many suns
Astrophysicist Dr Markus Mugrauer of Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, has discovered many new multiple star systems that contain exoplanets. (2019-11-13)
Perovskite solar cells: Possible aspects of high efficiency uncovered
Using crystallographic analyses at the Diamond Light Source (DLS) synchrotron in the United Kingdom, an HZB team has demonstrated that hybrid halide perovskites crystallise without inversion centre. (2019-11-13)
Rational transparent conductor design provides a boost to carbon nanotubes application
An international team of scientists led by researchers from the Laboratory of Nanomaterials at the Skoltech Center for Photonics and Quantum Materials (CPQM) have rationally designed a novel p-type flexible transparent conductor using single-walled carbon nanotubes. (2019-11-13)
Iron-based solar cells on track to becoming more efficient
An international study led from Lund University in Sweden shows that 30% of the energy in a certain type of light-absorbing iron molecule disappears in a previously unknown manner. (2019-11-12)
New material points toward highly efficient solar cells
A new type of material for next-generation solar cells eliminates the need to use lead, which has been a major roadblock for this technology. (2019-11-12)
New efficiency world record for organic solar modules
Researchers from Nuremberg and Erlangen has set a new record for the power conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaic modules. (2019-11-11)
'Messy' production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency
Discovery means simpler and cheaper manufacturing methods are actually beneficial for the material's use in next-generation solar cells or LED lighting. (2019-11-11)
Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture
A Princeton University-led study in Nature Communications is among the first to show that solar and wind energy not only enhance drought resilience, but also aid in groundwater sustainability. (2019-11-06)
Switching to solar and wind will reduce groundwater use
IIASA researchers explored optimal pathways for managing groundwater and hydropower trade-offs for different water availability conditions as solar and wind energy start to play a more prominent role in the state of California. (2019-11-06)
The most spectacular celestial vision you'll never see
Contrary to previous thought, a gigantic planet in wild orbit does not preclude the presence of an Earth-like planet in the same solar system - or life on that planet. (2019-11-05)
Perovskite solar cells get an upgrade
Rice University materials scientists find inorganic compounds quench defects in perovskite-based solar cells and expand their tolerance of light, humidity and heat. (2019-11-05)
NASA's TESS presents panorama of southern sky
The glow of the Milky Way -- our galaxy seen edgewise -- arcs across a sea of stars in a new mosaic of the southern sky produced from a year of observations by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). (2019-11-05)
Voyager 2 reaches interstellar space
University of Iowa researchers report the spacecraft Voyager 2 has reached interstellar space, following Voyager 1's historic passage six years ago. (2019-11-04)
Even 'Goldilocks' exoplanets need a well-behaved star
Rice University scientists model how the 'weather' on a star impacts exoplanets to see if even those thought to be in habitable zones could suffer from solar storms. (2019-10-31)
Palestinian farmers benefit from Birmingham water technology project
University of Birmingham scientists have worked with international students to produce prototype desalination equipment that could help Palestinian farmers avoid water shortages and grow crops efficiently. (2019-10-31)
New technique lets researchers map strain in next-gen solar cells
Researchers have developed a way to map strain in lead halide perovskite solar cells without harming them. (2019-10-31)
Simulations explain giant exoplanets with eccentric, close-in orbits
As planetary systems evolve, gravitational interactions between planets can fling some of them into eccentric elliptical orbits around the host star. (2019-10-30)
Efficient hydrogen conversion via PEC water splitting using hematite mesocrystals
A research group led by Associate Professor Takashi Tachikawa of Kobe University's Molecular Photoscience Research Center has succeeded in developing photocatalysts that can convert an efficient level of hydrogen from water using solar light. (2019-10-30)
Where to install renewable energy in US to achieve greatest benefits
A new Harvard study shows that to achieve the biggest improvements in public health and the greatest benefits from renewable energy, wind turbines should be installed in the Upper Midwest and solar power should be installed in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions. (2019-10-29)
Using renewable electricity for industrial hydrogenation reactions
The University of Pittsburgh's James McKone's research on using renewable electricity for industrial hydrogenation reactions is featured in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A's Emerging Investigators special issue. (2019-10-29)
To rid electric grid of carbon, shore up green energy support
Cornell and Northwestern University engineers, along with a federal economist, have created an energy model that helps to remove carbon-generated power from the US electric grid -- replacing it with a greener, financially feasible wind, solar and hydro energy system. (2019-10-28)
Can solar technology kill cancer cells?
Michigan State University scientists have revealed a new way to detect and attack cancer cells using technology traditionally reserved for solar power. (2019-10-25)
Mix master: Modeling magnetic reconnection in partially ionized plasma
Many of the most dramatic events in the solar system--the spectacle of the Northern Lights, the explosiveness of solar flares, and the destructive impact of geomagnetic storms that can disrupt communication and electrical grids on Earth--are driven in part by a common phenomenon: fast magnetic reconnection. (2019-10-22)
Biological material boosts solar cell performance
Next-generation solar cells that mimic photosynthesis with biological material may give new meaning to the term 'green technology.' Adding the protein bacteriorhodopsin (bR) to perovskite solar cells boosted the efficiency of the devices in a series of laboratory tests, according to an international team of researchers. (2019-10-22)
It takes two -- a two-atom catalyst, that is -- to make oxygen from water
The search for sustainable approaches to generating new fuels has brought scientists back to one of the most abundant materials on Earth -- reddish iron oxide in the form of hematite, also known as rust. (2019-10-21)
Replacing coal with gas or renewables saves billions of gallons of water
The transition from coal to natural gas in the US electricity sector is reducing the industry's water use, Duke University research finds. (2019-10-21)
OU-led study reveals dry season increase in photosynthesis in Amazon rain forest
A University of Oklahoma-led study demonstrated the potential of the TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument on board the Copernicus Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite to measure and track chlorophyll fluorescence and photosynthesis of tropical forests in the Amazon. (2019-10-21)
Why modified carbon nanotubes can help the reproducibility problem
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) conducted an in-depth study on how carbon nanotubes with oxygen-containing groups can be used to greatly enhance the performance of perovskite solar cells. (2019-10-18)
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new UCLA study implies. (2019-10-17)
Exoplanet interiors have Earth-like geochemistry
The interiors of some exoplanets have Earth-like geochemistry, according to a new study, which finds that extrasolar rocks share similar levels of oxidation, or oxygen fugacity, to those in the solar system. (2019-10-17)
Reducing open-circuit voltage loss in organic solar cells
Researchers at Institute for Molecular Science in Japan report that organic solar cells (OSCs) with high mobility and highly crystalline donor (D) and acceptor (A) materials were able to reduce an open-circuit voltage (VOC) loss. (2019-10-16)
Surveying solar storms by ancient assyrian astronomers
University of Tsukuba researcher finds evidence of ancient solar magnetic storms based on cuneiform astrological records and carbon-14 dating. (2019-10-16)
Hubble observes 1st confirmed interstellar comet
Hubble has given astronomers their best look yet at an interstellar visitor -- comet 2I/Borisov -- whose speed and trajectory indicate it has come from beyond our solar system. (2019-10-16)
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