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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nanoparticle solar panel coating helps maintain panel efficiency

A physics researcher has developed a nanoparticle coating for solar panels. This coating helps maintain the panels efficiency and reduces maintenance and operation costs.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Marine energy doubled by predicting wave power

The energy generated from our oceans could be doubled using new methods for predicting wave power. New research could pave the way for significant advancements in marine renewable energy, making it a more viable source of power. The researchers devised a means of accurately predicting the power of the next wave in order to make the technology far more efficient, extracting twice as much energy as is currently possible.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Optical materials: Holey gold

Imaging nanoporous metals with beams of electrons provides deep insights into the unusual optical properties of these materials.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Solar power day and night: New storage systems control fluctuation of renewable energies

Energy storage systems are one of the key technologies for the energy turnaround. With their help, the fluctuating supply of electricity based on photovoltaics and wind power can be stored until the time of consumption. A number of pilot plants of solar cells, small wind power plants, lithium-ion batteries, and power electronics are now under construction to demonstrate how load peaks in the grid can be balanced and what regenerative power supply by an isolated network may look like in the future.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How solvent mixtures affect organic solar cell structure

Controlling "mixing" between acceptor and donor layers, or domains, in polymer-based solar cells could increase their efficiency, according to a team of researchers.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Prototype of lunar water-prospecting robot to search for water ice at moon's northern pole

A robotics technology company has completed assembly of a full-size prototype of Polaris, a solar-powered robot that will search for potentially rich deposits of water ice at the moon's poles. The first of its kind, Polaris can accommodate a drill to bore one meter into the lunar surface and can operate in lunar regions characterized by dark, long shadows and a sun that hugs the horizon.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Solar cell consisting of a single molecule: Individual protein complex generates electric current

Photosynthesis allows plants to convert light into chemical energy. Utilizing this process to produce electrical energy is a research goal worldwide. Scientists have now demonstrated that a photosynthetic protein system can be integrated into artificial photovoltaic device architectures while retaining biomolecular functional properties. The proteins represent light-driven, highly efficient single-molecule electron pumps that can act as current generators in nanoscale electric circuits.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity

Researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Organic solar cells with high electric potential for portable electronics

A new breakthrough in solar technology means portable electronic devices such as e-book readers could soon be re-charged on the move in low light levels and partial shading. Scientists have created an organic solar cell that generates a sufficiently high voltage to recharge a lithium-ion battery directly, without the need to connect multiple individual cells in series. Modules of these high voltage cells perform well in different light conditions including partial shade making them well matched to consumer electronic devices such as e-book readers, cameras and some mobile phones.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Scientists Unlock Some Key Secrets of Photosynthesis

New research is seeking to detail the individual steps of highly efficient reactions that convert sunlight into chemical energy within plants and bacteria.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Home sweet lab: Computerized house to generate as much energy as it uses

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has unveiled a new laboratory designed to demonstrate that a typical-looking suburban home for a family of four can generate as much energy as it uses in a year.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Novel technique to synthesize nanocrystals that harvest solar energy

A new video protocol focuses on the liquid phase synthesis of two nanocrystals that produce hydrogen gas or an electric charge when exposed to light.

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