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Jan 10, 2024

‘Batteries are dead’: Indoor solar panel breakthrough offers endless power source, company claims

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

A US startup has demonstrated an indoor solar panel that it claims could replace billions of batteries in domestic devices like TV remotes and wireless keyboards.

California-based Ambient Photonics said its new solar cell can provide constant power from just indoor and ambient outdoor light, delivering three times more power than existing technologies.

Solar power has been used for decades in low-power electronics like calculators, though such cells have so far not been suitable for more energy-intensive devices.

Jan 9, 2024

Fuel leak forces US company to abandon moon landing attempt

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, solar power, space travel, sustainability

A crippling fuel leak forced a U.S. company on Tuesday to give up on landing a spacecraft on the moon.

Astrobotic Technology’s lander began losing fuel soon after Monday’s launch. The spacecraft also encountered problems keeping its solar panel pointed towards the sun and generating .

“Given the propellant leak, there is, unfortunately, no chance of a soft landing on the moon,” Astrobotic said in a statement.

Jan 7, 2024

Renewable energy facilities: A new threat to birds?

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

A new study has revealed a surprising source of bird mortality due to the increasing use of wind and solar energy facilities.

Jan 5, 2024

This 64-foot hydrogen electric yacht uses solar and sea water to power itself with ‘unlimited range’

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European yacht broker MYSEA has announced the beginning of sales of the AQUON One eco-catamaran – a solar electric yacht powered by the sun and hydrogen fuel cells with luxurious accommodations for eight to ten passengers without any emissions.

Jan 5, 2024

Experts craft world’s top flexible solar cell for energy generation

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A team of researchers has achieved a milestone by developing lightweight and highly efficient stretchable solar cells for energy generation in electronic gadgets.

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) declare it as the “world’s highest-performing stretchable organic solar cell.”

The development is unique as it utilizes organic material to build the photoactive layer of the solar cell, which turns light into energy.

Jan 4, 2024

Researchers develop high-performance stretchable solar cells

Posted by in categories: chemistry, engineering, solar power, sustainability, wearables

With the market for wearable electric devices growing rapidly, stretchable solar cells that can function under strain have received considerable attention as an energy source. To build such solar cells, it is necessary that their photoactive layer, which converts light into electricity, shows high electrical performance while possessing mechanical elasticity. However, satisfying both of these two requirements is challenging, making stretchable solar cells difficult to develop.

A KAIST research team from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) led by Professor Bumjoon Kim announced the development of a new conductive polymer material that achieved both high electrical performance and elasticity while introducing the world’s highest-performing stretchable organic solar cell.

Figure 1. Chemical structure of the newly developed conductive polymer and performance of stretchable organic solar cells using the material. (Image: KAIST)

Jan 4, 2024

Solar panels shade carrots, beetroot, saffron in first US farm experiment

Posted by in categories: food, solar power, sustainability

Agrovoltaic arrays are strategically arranged to allow for diverse types of farming activities, maximizing land utilization.

Dec 31, 2023

A new tidal turbine generates as much power as 12 solar panels

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Solar panels and wind turbines cannot generate power continuously. So, a tidal turbine that does not harm the environment is the need of the hour.

Dec 26, 2023

Applying MXene to quantum dot photovoltaic cells simultaneously increases efficiency and stability

Posted by in categories: engineering, quantum physics, solar power, sustainability

A research team led by Professor Jong-min Choi of the Department of Energy Engineering has developed a technology that can significantly improve the efficiency of quantum dot photovoltaic cells by introducing organic solvent dispersible MXene.

The findings were published in Advanced Energy Materials (“Organic solvent dispersible MXene integrated colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics”).

Comparison of the dispersibility of quantum dot solar cell ink organic solvent according to surface modification of MXene. (Image: DGIST)

Dec 26, 2023

One Step Closer to Living on Mars: AI Unlocks Secrets of Oxygen Production on the Red Planet

Posted by in categories: chemistry, robotics/AI, solar power, space, sustainability

Immigration to and living on Mars have often been themes in science fiction. Before these dreams can become reality, humanity faces significant challenges, such as the scarcity of vital resources like oxygen needed for long-term survival on the Red Planet. Yet, recent discoveries of water activity on Mars have sparked new hope for overcoming these obstacles.

Scientists are now exploring the possibility of decomposing water to produce oxygen through electrochemical water oxidation driven by solar power with the help of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts. The challenge is to find a way to synthesize these catalysts in situ using materials on Mars, instead of transporting them from the Earth, which is of high cost.

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