Tagged Efficiency

HUD needs a Chief Climate Officer.

By Rory Christian President-elect Biden has put forward the most aggressive housing plan in several generations, and an expansive climate plan that includes “direct[ing] the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to make housing for low-income communities more efficient.” The designation of a Chief Climate Officer in the HUD Secretary’s office.. Click headline for…

First glimpse of polarons forming in a promising next-gen energy material

Polarons affect a material’s behavior, and may even be the reason that solar cells made with lead hybrid perovskites achieve extraordinarily high efficiencies in the lab. Now scientists have used an X-ray free-electron laser to directly see and measure the formation of these ephemeral atomic lattice distortions for the first time. Read Full Article Here…

A polarization-driven guide to making high-performance, versatile solar cells

When solar cells are exposed to sunlight, certain bound ‘charge pairs’ are generated in its components, which need to be separated for photocurrent generation. Ferroelectric materials, due to their spontaneous electric polarization, are highly efficient at charge separation but do poorly in light-to-electricity conversion. Now, scientists have demonstrated using theoretical calculations that antiperovskite oxides, a…

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