Largest solar power study to date discovers 25% power loss

Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have undertaken the largest solar power study to date into the effectiveness of solar panels across the UK and discovered that parts of the country are suffering an overall power loss of up to 25% because of the issue of regional ‘hot spots’. Hot spots were also found to […]

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This new material harvests Sun’s heat for cheaper electricity generation

Scientists have developed a material that can be used to harvest electricity from the Sun’s heat, paving the way for generating cheaper solar power on cloudy days and at nighttime. The innovation is an important step for putting solar heat-to-electricity generation in direct cost competition with fossil fuels, researchers said. “Storing solar energy as heat […]

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New solar-powered heart monitor can be taped to skin

Japanese scientists say they have developed a human-friendly, ultra-flexible organic sensor powered by sunlight, which acts as a self-powered heart monitor. Researchers from the University of Tokyo and RIKEN in Japan integrated a sensory device, called an organic electrochemical transistor — that can be used to measure a variety of biological functions — into a […]

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Unique process to revolutionize solar power usage discovered

With researchers successfully splitting the water into hydrogen and oxygen by altering the photosynthesis machinery in plants, the quest of harnessing solar power in different ways has got a renewed hope. The latest study by academics of University of Cambridge led by St John ‘s College put semi-artificial photosynthesis to use to formulate a new […]

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Solar supercapacitor could power future of wearable sensors

A team of scientists led by an Indian-origin professor has developed a new solar powered supercapacitor that could help make future wearable technologies lighter and more energy-efficient. In a paper published in the journal Nano Energy, researchers from the University of Glasgow’s Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group describe how they have developed a […]

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Scientists have discovered a sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have discovered a low-cost and sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria, that can harvest energy from light even under overcast skies. The cell, developed by researchers from University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, […]

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Researchers Solve Major Challenge in Mass Production of Low-Cost Solar Cells

An international team of university researchers reports solving a major fabrication challenge for perovskite cells — the intriguing potential challengers to silicon-based solar cells. These crystalline structures show great promise because they can absorb almost all wavelengths of light. Perovskite solar cells are already commercialized on a small scale, but recent vast improvements in their […]

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Scientists develops solar powered system that can harvest fresh water from air

Scientists have developed a system that can harvest water out of the air using just solar power, an advance ideal for people living in arid areas of the world. The prototype, developed by researchers at University of California, Berkeley in the US, can extract drinkable water every day/night cycle at very low humidity and at […]

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Chinese scientists develops battery to store renewable energy

Chinese scientists have developed a lead carbon battery for storing power generated from solar panels and windmills and claimed that with such devices, the electricity supply is stable for use. An energy storage system with the batteries was piloted in Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, Xinhua news agency reported. There […]

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Scientists develops water based battery to store wind, solar energy

Scientists at Stanford University have developed a water based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy, which can be fed back into the electric grid and redistributed on high demand. The prototype manganese-hydrogen battery, described in the journal Nature Energy, stands just three inches tall and generates a mere […]

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