Researchers led by Tom Meyer at the Energy Frontier Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have built a system that converts the sun’s solar energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it for later use. Meyer, Arey Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences said, “So […]

Adding a nanoscopic relief pattern to the surface of solar cells makes them non-reflective significantly boosting efficiency and at the same time making them highly non-sticking and self-cleaning. Zuobin Wang of Changchun University of Science and Technology (China), Jin Zhang of Xi’an Technological University (China) and colleagues at Cardiff University (UK), who are partners of […]

Ji-Seon Kim, a senior lecturer in experimental solid-state physics at Imperial College London, who has along with her colleagues, come up with a plastic solar panel technology that might help bring the prices down. Why haven’t solar technologies been more widely adopted?  Quite simply, “they’re too expensive,” said Kim. Kim and her colleagues describe their […]

Qiaoqiang Gan, University at Buffalo assistant professor of electrical engineering and his team are developing a new generation of photovoltaic cells that produce more power and cost less to manufacture than what’s available today. Gan is working on the use of plasmonic-enhanced organic photovoltaic materials. These devices don’t match traditional solar cells in terms of […]

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a thermal energy storage system that uses parallel concrete plates.  The new system is a structured thermocline system which can be bodies of water, such as oceans and lakes, for example, but also smaller units that contain fluids or gas – with distinct boundaries separating layers […]

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