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Nov 22, 2022

The ESA aims to make 24/7 space-based solar energy harvesting a reality

Posted by in categories: solar power, space, sustainability

The Solaris program will study space-based solar power amid rising energy concerns.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is set to approve a three-year study to determine whether sending huge solar farms into space could effectively meet the world’s energy demands, a report from the BBC reveals.

So, if all goes to plan, the technology could one day harvest massive amounts of energy from space — enough to power millions of homes.

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Nov 22, 2022

Floating Solar Farms Join Other Novel Over-Water Ways to Get to Net Zero

Posted by in categories: food, solar power, sustainability

Solar farms moving from the land to the water.

Large solar arrays on land take up land that can be used to grow food. Solar arrays over water provide significant advantages.

Nov 21, 2022

A Portuguese company’s innovative floating solar panels stalk the Sun’s movements

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Currently floating on a lake in the Netherlands, the solar island comprises 180 movable solar panels that provide an increase in energy production by up to 40 percent.

A Portuguese company’s sustainable solution is following the Sun, almost like a stalker, in a bid to get the most out of its energy.


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Nov 21, 2022

New technique accurately measures how 2D materials expand when heated

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, solar power, sustainability

Two-dimensional materials, which consist of just a single layer of atoms, can be packed together more densely than conventional materials, so they could be used to make transistors, solar cells, LEDs, and other devices that run faster and perform better.

One issue holding back these next-generation electronics is the heat they generate when in use. Conventional electronics typically reach about 80 degrees Celsius, but the in 2D devices are packed so densely in such a small area that the devices can become twice as hot. This can damage the device.

This problem is compounded by the fact that scientists don’t have a good understanding of how 2D materials expand when temperatures rise. Because the materials are so thin and optically transparent, their thermal expansion coefficient (TEC)—the tendency for the material to expand when temperatures increase—is nearly impossible to measure using standard approaches.

Nov 21, 2022

Breakthrough transparent solar cells found to generate power 1000x more efficiently

Posted by in categories: business, solar power, sustainability

Solar panels often get a bad rap for spoiling the appearance of homes and businesses. Yet, this may be about to change.

Nov 20, 2022

ESA SOLARIS: Wireless Power Beamed Down From Space

Posted by in categories: business, government, solar power, space, sustainability

Solar power could be gathered far away in space and transmitted wirelessly down to Earth to wherever it is needed. The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to investigate key technologies needed to make Space-Based Solar Power a working reality through its SOLARIS initiative. Recently in Germany, one of these technologies, wireless power transmission, was demonstrated to an audience of decision-makers from business and government.

The demonstration took place at Airbus’ X-Works Innovation Factory in Munich. Microwave beaming was used to transmit green energy between two points representing ‘Space’ and ‘Earth’ over a distance of 36 meters.

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Nov 19, 2022

Artificial Photosynthesis Advance: Standalone Device Converts Sunlight, CO2 and Water Into Clean Fuel

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Researchers have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional components or electricity.

The device, developed by a team from the University of Cambridge, is a significant step toward achieving artificial photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis is how plants and some microorganisms use sunlight to synthesize carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water.

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Nov 16, 2022

Reservations for new community of 3D homes in Georgetown to open in 2023

Posted by in categories: habitats, internet, security, solar power, sustainability

The community will offer eight different floor plans, ranging from three to four bedrooms and two to three bathrooms. Homes will be powered by rooftop solar panels, include a Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Schlage Encode Smart WiFi deadbolt, a Honeywell Home T6 Pro WiFi smart thermostat and a Wolf Ranch security package.

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Nov 15, 2022

World’s largest floating wind farm is now powering gas and oil production

Posted by in categories: climatology, solar power, sustainability

It will be used to power oil and gas production.

Hywind Tampen, the world’s largest floating wind farm, located off the coast of Norway, has become operational, a company press release said. Of the 11 turbines involved in the project, the first turbine began power production on November 13, with another six scheduled to go online this year.

With the impending doom of climate change and the recent upshoot of fuel prices, countries around the world are looking to switch aggressively to renewable energy. While those in the tropics are looking at solar power, others that can access winds over the seas are looking to build offshore wind farms.

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Nov 15, 2022

New discoveries made about a promising solar cell material, thanks to new microscope

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

A team of scientists from the Department of Energy’s Ames National Laboratory has developed a new characterization tool that allowed them to gain unique insight into a possible alternative material for solar cells. Under the leadership of Jigang Wang, senior scientist from Ames Lab, the team developed a microscope that uses terahertz waves to collect data on material samples. The team then used their microscope to explore methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) perovskite, a material that could potentially replace silicon in solar cells.

Richard Kim, a scientist from Ames Lab, explained the two features that make the new scanning probe microscope unique. First, the microscope uses the terahertz range of electromagnetic frequencies to collect data on materials. This range is far below the , falling between the infrared and microwave frequencies. Secondly, the terahertz light is shined through a sharp metallic tip that enhances the microscope’s capabilities toward nanometer length scales.

“Normally if you have a light wave, you cannot see things smaller than the wavelength of the light you’re using. And for this terahertz light, the wavelength is about a millimeter, so it’s quite large,” explained Kim. “But here we used this sharp metallic tip with an apex that is sharpened to a 20-nanometer radius curvature, and this acts as our antenna to see things smaller than the that we were using.”

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