ETH Zurich researchers have developed a novel technology that produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels exclusively from sunlight and air. For the first time worldwide they demonstrate the entire thermochemical process chain under real field conditions. The new solar mini-refinery is located on the roof of ETH’s Machine Laboratory building in Zurich, Switzerland. Carbon-neutral fuels are crucial […]

Researchers at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, (DGIST) are getting closer to developing a material that delivers a one-two punch of recycling atmospheric carbon dioxide for the production of cleaner hydrocarbon fuels. The DGIST team has reported copper and platinum nanoparticles added to the surface of a blue titania photocatalyst significantly improve […]

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chemists have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through artificial photosynthesis. By converting carbon dioxide into more complex molecules like propane, green energy technology is now one step closer to using excess carbon dioxide to store solar energy – in the form of chemical bonds – […]

New research under way at the Universities of Birmingham and Utrecht seeks the secret to the next generation of organic solar cells from tiny fluorescing light-emitting microalgae found in the ocean. Microalgae are probably the oldest surviving living organisms on the planet. They have evolved over billions of years to possess light harvesting systems that […]

A Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie team has succeeded in producing inorganic perovskite thin films at moderate temperatures using co-evaporation – making post-tempering at high temperatures unnecessary. The process makes it much easier to produce thin-film solar cells from this material. In comparison to metal-organic hybrid perovskites, inorganic perovskites are more thermally stable. The […]

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