Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a desalination system that is more efficient and less expensive than previous methods. In addition to providing fresh water, the process could be used to treat contaminated wastewater or generate steam for sterilizing medical instruments, all without requiring a power source other than sunlight. An estimated two-thirds of […]

University of Cambridge researchers have made tiny ‘skyscrapers’ for communities of bacteria, helping them to generate electricity from just sunlight and water. The researchers used 3D printing to create grids of high-rise ‘nano-housing’ where sun-loving bacteria can grow quickly. Then they were able to extract the bacteria’s waste electrons, left over from photosynthesis, which could […]

University of Southern California researchers are asking what if surplus renewable energy could be stored as computation instead? Renewable energy has an intermittency problem – the sun provides no power at night, while winds can stop suddenly. Better battery storage is considered key to solving the intermittency problem by storing energy when the wind and […]

A National University of Singapore research team has set a new record in the power conversion efficiency of solar cells made using perovskite and organic materials. Their latest work demonstrated a power conversion efficiency of 23.6%, approaching that of conventional silicon solar cells. This technological breakthrough paves the way for flexible, light-weight, low cost and […]

The Carnegie Institution for Science’s work shows nuclear power would be crucial in helping the world reach a key goal of zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century. The research shows the case is especially true in countries with low wind resources. The study results have been published in Nature Energy by Lei […]

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