The Sun blazes down from a deep blue sky – and rooftop solar cells convert this solar energy into electricity. Not all of it, however: Around a quarter of the Sun's spectrum is made up of infrared radiation which cannot be converted by standard solar cells – so this heat radiation is lost.
University of Ulster scientists are collaborating with international research partners to develop a new ‘clean’ technology to destroy water toxins caused by harmful algal blooms.
Biodico, an owner and operator of distributed energy systems and sustainable biorefineries, has entered into a partnership with LamdaGen, a nanotechnology platform company providing functional nanomaterials for catalytic applications in energy and cleantech and analytical systems and sensors for protein sciences and diagnostics.
Altairnano has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Shenhua Group’s subsidiaries, Shenhua Science & Technology (Shenhua S&T) and the National Institute of Clean and Low-carbon Energy (NICE), for the development, deployment and promotion of industrial applications of nano-lithium titanate technology-based energy storage systems in China.
A group of scientists from Rice University and the Université catholique de Louvain has devised a technique to fabricate flexible components from waste silicon for use in rechargeable lithium-ion (LI) batteries.
A team of researchers from The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University is working on to design more-efficient, long-lasting and low-cost photoelectric cells using nanotechnology and mathematical modeling.
North Carolina State University researchers have developed a novel technique to fabricate ultra-thin-film solar cells without compromising the solar energy absorption capability, thus paving the way to reduce production costs of solar cells.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) have developed nitrogen-enriched iron-carbon nanorods, which can be used as a low-cost alternative to platinum catalysts used in microbial fuel cells (MFCs).
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant worth $390,000 to Professor Luke Hanley, Head of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, to investigate coating techniques for solar panel films utilizing metal chalcogenide nanoparticles.
A research team from the University of Florida (UF) has fabricated a graphene solar cell that demonstrates a power conversion efficiency of 8.6%, a record value, when considering earlier attempts in the making of graphene solar cells that managed only 2.9% conversion efficiency.