Fish gills used to develop efficient low-cost electrocatalysts for rechargeable batteries

Scientists at the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali, an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, have recently come up with an efficient, low-cost electro-catalyst from fish gills that can help develop environmentally friendly energy conversion devices. This bio-inspired carbon nanostructure can help overcome the bottleneck in […]

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This extremely light flexible solar cell holds power for future wearable tech

An international research team has created a flexible solar cell that could revolutionise future wearable technology. An ultralight flexible solar cell, 10 times thinner than the width of a human hair, could hold the key to promising power sources for future wearable technology. In a pair of research papers, published in the prestigious journals Joule and PNAS (Proceedings […]

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NREL Six-Junction Solar Cell now holds two World Records for Efficiency

Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have fabricated a solar cell with an efficiency of nearly 50%. The six-junction solar cell now holds the world record for the highest solar conversion efficiency at 47.1%, which was measured under concentrated illumination. A variation of the same cell also set the efficiency record under one-sun […]

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MIT researchers develops simple, solar-powered water desalination system

A completely passive solar-powered desalination system developed by researchers at MIT and in China could provide more than 1.5 gallons of fresh drinking water per hour for every square meter of solar collecting area. Such systems could potentially serve off-grid arid coastal areas to provide an efficient, low-cost water source. The system uses multiple layers […]

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Scientists shows steps to help countries achieve 100 percent renewable energy

Stanford scientists have outlined new steps that 143 countries around the world can take to attain 100 per cent clean, renewable energy by the year 2050. The roadmap, published in the journal One Earth, uses the latest energy data available in each country to offer more precise guidance on how to reach those commitments. It […]

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Scientists shows how next gen 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. In a paper published in Science Advances this week, physicists Professor Sum Tze Chien from NTU and […]

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NASA to send prototype solar-power generator to ISS

An Israeli developed prototype solar-power generator will be sent by the US space agency NASA to the International Space Station, Ben Gurion University (BGU) in southern Israel announced on Monday. The new generator offers a major step forward for private commercial space missions, as the private space market is a rapidly growing billion-dollar industry with […]

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Solar power technology may kill cancer cells

Researchers have discovered a way to detect and attack cancer cells using technology traditionally reserved for solar power. The results, published in the Scientific Reports, showcases dramatic improvements in light-activated fluorescent dyes for disease diagnosis, image-guided surgery, and site-specific tumour treatment. “We’ve tested this concept in breast, lung cancer and skin cancer cell lines and […]

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Scientists develops way to better harness energy collected by solar panels

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a way to better harness the volume of energy collected by solar panels. In the study published in the journal ‘IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology,’ the researchers developed an algorithm that increases the efficiency of the solar photovoltaic (PV) system and reduces the volume of power […]

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IIT Hyderabad develops low-cost, eco-friendly solar cells using ‘kumkum dye’

Scientists at IIT Hyderabad have developed low-cost, environment-friendly solar cells by employing an off-the-shelf dye used to make kumkum or vermilion in India. The dye-sensitised solar cell (DSSC) is based on New Fuchsin (NF) dye with aqueous electrolyte and platinum-free counter electrodes, according to the research published in the Solar Energy journal. The most familiar […]

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