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X-ray pulses

X-Rays from Tabletop Lasers Allows Scientists to Peer Through the ‘Water...

The technique means advanced measurements of fast reactions will now be possible in physics labs around the world, without having to wait to use...
Spacecraftvideo

NASA Spacecraft Discovers New Magnetic Process in Turbulent Space

Though close to home, the space immediately around Earth is full of hidden secrets and invisible processes. In a new discovery reported in the...
Mini solar factory

Mini Solar Factory Now Also Works When It’s Cloudy

Using sunlight for sustainable and cheap production of, for example, medicines. The 'mini-factory' in the form of a leaf that chemical engineers from Eindhoven...
Atomic Vibrations

How to Turn Light Into Atomic Vibrations

The Science Sheet-like materials can have intriguing properties that could benefit devices from flexible electronics to solar cells. Researchers think they can customize the properties...
Kesterites

Kesterite Solar Cells: Germanium Promises Better Opto-Electronic Properties Than Tin

Kesterites are semiconductor compounds made of the elements copper, tin, zinc, and selenium. These semiconductors can be used as an optical absorber material in...
trapped within a solar material

It’s a Trap!

When a solar cell absorbs a photon of light, it starts an electronic race against time. Two particles — a negatively charged electron and...
solar cell

Researchers Refute 20-Year-Old Assumptions in Solar Cell Production

Research led by the University of Luxembourg investigated the manufacturing process of solar cells. The researchers proved that assumptions on chemical processes that were...
global warming

Deforestation May Intensify Global Warming Even More Than Previously Predicted

The global warming process may be even more intense than originally forecast unless deforestation can be halted, especially in the tropical regions. This warning has...
Smart Specialisationvideo

Sixty European Regions Get Ready to Develop Joint Energy Projects

These regions have been working since 2015 through the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy). This European Commission platform facilitates partnerships between EU regions that...
solar cells

Perovskite Solar Cells: Mesoporous Interface Mitigates the Impact of Defects

In only a few years, efficiencies of perovskite solar cells have been raised from 3 per cent to more than 20 per cent. What...
perovskite

Slow ‘Hot Electrons’ Could Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

The efficiency of solar panels is hampered by a Goldilocks problem: photons need to have just the right amount of energy to be converted...
Sea Ice

Weather Anomalies Accelerate the Melting of Sea Ice

In the winter of 2015/16, something happened that had never before been seen on this scale: at the end of December, temperatures rose above...
solar fuels

UT Boosts Efficiency of Solar Fuels Using Microwires

Researchers around the world are working on the development of solar fuel technology. This involves generating sustainable fuels using only sunlight, CO2 and water,...
organic solar cells

Fast-Moving Electrons Create Current in Organic Solar Cells

Researchers at Purdue University have identified the mechanism that allows organic solar cells to create a charge, solving a longstanding puzzle in physics, according...
solar cells

Perovskite Solar Cells: Perfection Not Required!

Experiments at BESSY II reveal why even inhomogeneous perovskite films are highly functional Metal-organic perovskite layers for solar cells are frequently fabricated using the spin...
exoplanets

Citizen Scientists Discover Five Tightly Packed Exoplanets

Five new planets have been discovered outside our solar system, all orbiting a sun-like star located within the constellation Aquarius, nearly 620 light years...
infrasound sensor

New Sandia Balloon-Borne Infrasound Sensor Array Detects Explosions

Sheets of plastic similar to that used for garbage bags, packing tape, some string, a little charcoal dust and a white shoebox-size box are...
fuel cellsvideo

Harnessing the Power of Algae: New, Greener Fuel Cells Move Step...

This a big step forward in the search for alternative, greener fuels Paolo Bombelli As the global population increases, so too does energy demand. The threat...
solar cells

Oxford PV Collaborates with HZB to Move Perovskite Solar Cells Closer...

Oxford PVTM – The Perovskite CompanyTM, the leader in the field of perovskite solar cells, today announced its collaboration with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), the...
solar cells

Going Organic

Organic solar cells could be an inexpensive and versatile alternative to inorganic solar cells. However, their low efficiencies and limited lifetimes currently render them...