Purdue University physicists are part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis. Yulia Pushkar, a Purdue assistant professor of physics involved in the research said, “The proteins we study are part of the most efficient system ever built, capable of converting the energy from the sun into chemical energy [...]

Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University in California has found a way to let photovoltaic solar cells cool themselves by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells, a team of researchers may have overcome one of the major [...]

Scientists have reviewed chemists’ work on “singlet fission,” a process in which a single photon generates a pair of excited states. Singlet fission as a 1->2 conversion process has the potential to boost solar cell efficiency by as much as 30 percent. Chemists at the University of California, Riverside published a perspective article published last [...]

According to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change concentrated solar power (CSP) could supply a substantial amount of current energy demand. The idea seems to be justify supplying a large fraction of the power supply in a decarbonized energy system. The naivety is simply stunning. There seems to be no sense left [...]

Scientists at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have a plan underway for a 1-gigawatt space-based solar power generator within just 25 years. JAXA is working directly on the main problems. Orbital solar power’s main problem is once the energy is harvested all the huge reservoir of energy is still out there in space. Early [...]

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