Australian National University (ANU) physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial which could one day harvest heat in the dark and turn it into electricity. The research team has demonstrated a new artificial material, or metamaterial, that glows in an unusual way when heated. The metamaterial opens new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic […]






Binghamton University researchers connected nine biological-solar (bio-solar) cells into a bio-solar panel. Then they continuously produced electricity from the panel and generated the most wattage of any existing small-scale bio-solar cells – 5.59 microwatts. They say euphorically in their press release, “Researchers have taken the next step in the evolution of bacteria-powered energy.” Your humble […]






Washington State University (WSU) and University of Tennessee researchers led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory believe they have reached a critical milestone in solar cell fabrication, helping pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources. This milestone is based on improving the […]






MIT researchers have now demonstrated solar cells so thin, flexible, and lightweight that they could be placed on almost any material or surface, including your hat, shirt, or smartphone, or even on a sheet of paper or a helium balloon. Such a technology is the thinnest, lightest solar cells ever produced. The new process is […]






Researchers at the University of Basel are studying a process combining solar driven water splitting with a fuel cell. A team of researchers led by the University of Basel chemists Catherine Housecroft and Edwin Constable are working together with the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) to implement the new method. The […]






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