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Solar panels are contagious – but in a good way

The number of solar panels within shortest distance from a house is the most important factor in determining the likelihood of that house having a solar panel, when compared with a host of socio-economic and demographic variables. This is shown in a new study by scientists using satellite and census data of the city of…

Green hydrogen: ‘Rust’ as a photoanode and its limits

Researchers have now analyzed the optoelectronic properties of rust (haematite) and other metal oxides in unprecedented detail. Their results show that the maximum achievable efficiency of haematite electrodes is significantly lower than previously assumed. The study demonstrates ways to assess new photoelectrode materials more realistically. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Solar Energy…

Carbon dots from human hair boost solar cells

Researchers have used carbon dots, created from human hair waste sourced from a barbershop, to create a kind of ‘armor’ to improve the performance of cutting-edge solar technology. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Solar Energy News — ScienceDaily

New batteries give jolt to renewables, energy storage

Researchers have been exploring the use of low-cost materials to create rechargeable batteries that will make energy storage more affordable. Now, they have shown that a new technique incorporating aluminum results in rechargeable batteries that offer up to 10,000 error-free cycles. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Solar Energy News — ScienceDaily

New porous material promising for making renewable energy from water

One prospective source of renewable energy is hydrogen gas produced from water with the aid of sunlight. Researchers have developed a material, nanoporous cubic silicon carbide, that exhibits promising properties to capture solar energy and split water for hydrogen gas production. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Solar Energy News — ScienceDaily

Controlled by light alone, new smart materials twist, bend and move

Engineers created light-activated materials that execute precise movements and form complex shapes without the need for wires, motors or other energy sources. The research could lead to smart light-driven systems such as high-efficiency solar cells that automatically follow the sun’s direction. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Solar Energy News — ScienceDaily

Solar Cells: The mystery of the missing energy – solved

The efficiency of solar cells can be increased by exploiting a phenomenon known as singlet fission. However, unexplained energy losses during the reaction have until now been a major problem. Scientists have now discovered what happens during singlet fission and where the ‘lost’ energy goes. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Solar Energy…

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