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The Prospects for the Development of Clean Fuels Are Improving

August 20, 2014

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The Development of Clean Fuels Based on Water and Sunlight are Improving

New insights into the details of photosynthetic water splitting have provided a blueprint for synthetic systems that could store sunlight energy in chemical energy carriers. Society’s energy supply problems could be solved in the future using a model adopted from nature. During photosynthesis, plants, algae and some species of bacteria produce sugars and other energy-rich […]

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Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrator Creates Solar Energy Without Blocking the View

August 20, 2014

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MSU Develops New Type of Transparent Solar Concentrator

By using small organic molecules that absorb specific nonvisible wavelengths of sunlight, researchers at Michigan State University have developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator that can create solar energy without blocking the view. A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window […]

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MIT Engineers Recycle Old Batteries Into Solar Cells

August 18, 2014

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Researchers Recycle Old Batteries Into Solar Cells

Engineers at MIT recycle dangerous waste materials from discarded car batteries, revealing that the lead from a single car battery could produce enough solar panels to provide power for 30 households. This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source […]

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New Efficiency Record for Quantum-Dot Photovoltaics

May 29, 2014

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Quantum Dot Photovoltaics Set New Record for Efficiency

By engineering the band alignment of the quantum dot layers through the use of different ligand treatments, researchers at MIT set a new record for efficiency in quantum-dot photovoltaics. Solar-cell technology has advanced rapidly, as hundreds of groups around the world pursue more than two dozen approaches using different materials, technologies, and approaches to improve […]

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Scientists Create a Copper-Based Catalyst that Produces Large Quantities of Ethanol

April 14, 2014

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Scientists Create a Copper Based Catalyst that Produces Large Quantities of Ethanol

A team of scientists from Stanford University has created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature. Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production […]

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New Type of Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

February 19, 2014

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Solar Induced Hybrid Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

Scientists at Georgia Tech have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with assistance from a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy. Although low temperature fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass as […]

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New Solar Cell Technology Converts Solar Energy More Efficiently

January 29, 2014

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New Inexpensive Material Convert Solar Energy More Efficiently

Scientists have developed a new, inexpensive material that has the potential convert solar energy more efficiently than ever before. Argonne, Illinois — Getting the blues is rarely a desirable experience — unless you’re a solar cell, that is. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin […]

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New System Converts Sun’s Energy into Hydrogen Fuel

January 15, 2014

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New System Converts the Suns Energy into Hydrogen Fuel

A new system designed by researchers at UNC and NC State converts the sun’s energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it for later use. Solar energy has long been used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but it could only be harnessed during the day when the sun’s rays […]

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SEAS Engineers Develop an Organic Mega Flow Battery

January 9, 2014

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SEAS Engineers Develop Organic Mega Flow Battery

SEAS engineers have developed a metal-free flow battery, which relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant molecules called quinones, that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid. Cambridge, Massachusetts – A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity […]

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Researchers Discover a Simple Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

January 3, 2014

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Researchers Find a Simple Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

By modifying the molecular structure of a polymer used in solar cells, an international team of researchers has increased solar efficiency by more than thirty percent. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar […]

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New Superconducting Cable System Brings Nuclear Fusion Power Station Closer to Reality

December 19, 2013

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Researchers Are One Step Closer to a Nuclear Fusion Power Station

Researchers at the University of Twente have developed a new superconducting cable system that is crucial to the success of nuclear fusion reactors. The superconductivity research group of the University of Twente (UT) has made a technological breakthrough crucial to the success of nuclear fusion reactors, allowing for clean, inexhaustible energy generation based on the […]

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Researchers Use Nanoparticles to Split Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen

December 16, 2013

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Researchers Use Nanoparticles and Light to Split Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen

In a newly published study, researchers detail the discovery of a new photocatalyst, demonstrating the use of cobalt oxide nanoparticles to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Researchers from the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight, potentially creating a clean and renewable source of energy. […]

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