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A new method for quantifying crystal semiconductor efficiency  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
Japanese scientists have found a new way to detect the efficiency of crystal semiconductors. For the first time ever, the team used a specific kind of photoluminescence spectroscopy, a way to detect... more
NASA Confirms Europa Clipper Mission  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
NASA’s Europa Clipper mission is moving toward completion of its final design, followed by the construction and testing of the solar-powered spacecraft and science payload. “We... more
Shock to the system: Electric car charging stations may be portals for power grid cyberattacks  nanowerk · 4 days
Electric cars are an essential component of a lower-carbon future, but a new report raises the specter that... more
Materials that can revolutionize how light is harnessed for solar energy  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Scientists have designed organic molecules capable of generating two excitons per photon of light, a process called singlet fission. The excitons can live for much longer... more
Researchers develop materials that can revolutionize how light is harnessed for solar energy  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Researchers at Columbia University have developed a way to harness more power from singlet fission to increase the efficiency of solar cells,... more
Microorganisms build the best fuel efficient hydrogen cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
With billions of years of practice, nature has created the most energy efficient machines. One, [Ne-Fi] hydrogenase, is the oldest in microorganisms and is used for hydrogen metabolism. Using Fourier transform infrared... more
Enhanced tree trimming reduces storm-related power outages, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Enhanced tree trimming reduces the number of power outages during storms by 16 to 48 percent, according to a study from UConn researchers recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Electric... more
Researchers use blockchain to drive electric-vehicle infrastructure  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have integrated the use of blockchain into energy systems, a development that could result in expanded charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. more
Electronic waste is mined for rare earth elements  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Rare earth elements are the "secret sauce" of numerous advanced materials for energy, transportation, defense and communications applications. Their largest use for clean energy is in permanent magnets, which retain magnetic properties... more
Europe has the untapped onshore capacity to meet global energy demand  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms, new analysis has revealed. more
Scientists discover key factors in how some algae harness solar energy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists have discovered how diatoms—a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth's oxygen—harness solar energy for photosynthesis. more
Key factors in how some algae harness solar energy  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have discovered how diatoms -- a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth's oxygen -- harness solar energy for photosynthesis. The discovery could help lead to... more
Growth of wind energy points to future challenges, promise  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Advances in adapting the technology and better methods for predicting wind conditions have fanned significant growth of the use of wind turbines for electricity in the last 40 years. A... more
Solar physics with the Square Kilometre Array  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Although solar physics is one of the most mature branches of astrophysics, the sun confronts researchers with a large number of outstanding fundamental problems. These problems include the determination of the structure and dynamics... more
Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study finds that if less than 1% of agricultural land was converted to solar panels, it would be sufficient to fulfill global electric energy demand. more
Protein factors increasing yield of a biofuel precursor in microscopic algae  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists have identified a protein, Lipid Remodeling reguLator 1 (LRL1), in microscopic algae that is involved in the production of triacylglycerol, a biofuel precursor. They further... more
Protein factors increasing yield of a biofuel precursor in microscopic algae  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As an alternative to traditional fossil fuels, biofuels represent a more environmentally friendly and sustainable fuel source. Plant or animal fats can be converted to biofuels... more
Method to automatically estimate rooftop solar potential  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The progress of rooftop solar installations is often slowed by a shortage of trained professionals who must use expensive tools to conduct labor-intensive structure assessments one by one, say scientists. Now researchers are proposing... more
How Nature splits water and powers the planet  nanowerk · 2 weeks
An international research team has published new results on how nature performs biological water splitting, a process that underpins all life on the planet. The results can be valuable for the production... more
A new method to automatically estimate rooftop solar potential  nanowerk · 2 weeks
The progress of rooftop solar installations is often slowed by a shortage of trained professionals who must use expensive tools to conduct labor-intensive structure assessments one by one. Now, researchers... more
Microbial rhodopsins are major contributors to the solar energy captured in the sea  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
All known phototrophic metabolisms on Earth rely on one of three categories of energy-converting pigments: chlorophyll-a (rarely -d), bacteriochlorophyll-a (rarely -b), and... more
Stimulating immune cells with nanosecond pulsed electric fields can cause them to respond  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Nanosecond pulsed electric fields produce strong electrical effects by focusing a high powered electrical pulse over a very short period of time. more
Nanosecond pulsed electric fields activate immune cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Nanosecond pulsed electric fields are strong electrical pulses over a very short period of time (nanoseconds) that results in high electrical power. They are used in many fields and now researchers have found that... more
Magnetic plasma pulses excited by UK-size swirls in the solar atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An international team of scientists led by the University of Sheffield have discovered previously undetected observational evidence of frequent energetic wave pulses the size of the... more
Magnetic plasma pulses excited by UK-size swirls in the solar atmosphere  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Scientists have discovered previously undetected observational evidence of frequent energetic wave pulses the size of the UK, transporting energy from the solar surface to the higher... more
In the future, this electricity-free tech could help cool buildings in metropolitan areas  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Engineers designed a new system to help cool buildings in crowded metropolitan areas without consuming electricity, an important innovation as cities work... more
Polyoxometalate-based coordination frameworks for methane generation in photoreduction of carbon dioxide  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Excessive CO2 discharge derived from the continuous burning of fossil fuels has caused global warming and environmental issues. Artificial conversion of excess CO2 into serviceable energy... more
Power generation achieved by a self-assembled biofuel cell  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Researchers have developed the first fully functional biofuel cell whose biocatalysts (enzymes that play a critical role in power generation) directly self-assemble onto the electrodes. In about 5 minutes, enzyme-nanoparticle hybrids added... more
Promising new solar-powered path to hydrogen fuel production  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Engineers have utilized a single enzyme biomineralization process to create a catalyst that uses the energy of captured sunlight to split water molecules to produce hydrogen. The synthesis process is performed at... more
Promising new solar-powered path to hydrogen fuel production with graphene oxide  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Engineers use a single enzyme biomineralization process to create a solar-driven water splitting catalyst that produces hydrogen with the potential to be manufactured sustainably, cheaply and... more
Promising new solar-powered path to hydrogen fuel production  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Engineers at Lehigh University are the first to utilize a single enzyme biomineralization process to create a catalyst that uses the energy of captured sunlight to split water molecules to produce hydrogen.... more
Advance in understanding of all-solid-state batteries  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
All-solid-state batteries, a battery design composed of all solid components, have gained attention as the next major advance beyond lithium ion batteries because of their potential to store more energy while being safer to operate. When... more
Machine learning approach predicts the severity of storms  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Thunderstorms are common all over the world in summer. As well as spoiling afternoons in the park, lightning, rain and strong winds can damage power grids and cause electricity blackouts. more
Scientists reproduce the dynamics behind astrophysical shocks  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
High-energy shock waves driven by solar flares and coronal mass ejections of plasma from the sun erupt throughout the solar system, unleashing magnetic space storms that can damage satellites, disrupt cell phone service and... more
Tensions surge over Serbia's small hydropower plants  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Deep in the isolated forests of eastern Serbia a digger gouges a channel through the trees for a pipeline to siphon river water, as the coal-reliant country's efforts to clean up its energy habit... more
Mechano-thermo-chromic device with supersaturated salt hydrate crystal phase change  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Active control of transparency/color is the key to many functional optoelectric devices. Applying an electric field to an electrochromic or liquid crystal material is the typical approach for optical property... more
Pathways and challenges for efficient solar-thermal desalination  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Solar-thermal desalination (STD) is a potentially low-cost, sustainable approach for providing high-quality fresh water in the absence of water and energy infrastructures. Despite recent efforts to advance STD by improving heat-absorbing materials and system... more
Solar energy becomes biofuel without solar cells  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Soon we will be able to replace fossil fuels with a carbon-neutral product created from solar energy, carbon dioxide and water. Researchers have successfully produced microorganisms that can efficiently produce the alcohol butanol using... more
High-performance flow batteries offer path to grid-level renewable energy storage  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A low-cost, high-performance battery chemistry could one day lead to scalable grid-level storage for wind and solar energy that could help electrical utilities reduce their dependency on fossil... more
Engineers discover lead-free perovskite semiconductor for solar cells using data analytics, supercomputers  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Solar panel installations are on the rise in the U.S., with more than 2 million new installations in early 2019, the most ever recorded... more
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