Computers help researchers find materials to turn solar power into hydrogen
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University Park PA (SPX) Jun 23, 2021 Using solar energy to inexpensively harvest hydrogen from water could help replace carbon-based fuel sources and shrink the world’s carbon footprint. However, finding materials that could boost hydrogen production so that it could compete economically with carbon-based fuels has been, as yet, an insurmountable challenge. In a study, […]

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Geoengineering Researchers Have Halted Plans For a Balloon Launch in Sweden
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The advisory committee for a Harvard University geoengineering research project is recommending that the team suspend plans for its first balloon flight in Sweden this summer. From a report: The purpose of that initial flight was to evaluate the propelled balloon’s equipment and software in the stratosphere. In subsequent launches, the researchers hope to release […]

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Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material
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Boston MA (SPX) Feb 25, 2021 Perovskites are a leading candidate for eventually replacing silicon as the material of choice for solar panels. They offer the potential for low-cost, low-temperature manufacturing of ultrathin, lightweight flexible cells, but so far their efficiency at converting sunlight to electricity has lagged behind that of silicon and some other […]

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Researchers Finally Measured Radiation Levels On the Moon. They're High.
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Slashdot reader DevNull127 writes: Scientists were able to, for the first time, measure radiation levels on the lunar surface, reports UPI, and nine days ago they published their results: that the radiation levels on the moon are 200 times stronger than on earth — and 2.6 times higher than those on space station. One of […]

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Researchers develop molecule to store solar energy
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Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Sep 02, 2020 Researchers at Linkoping University, Sweden, have developed a molecule that absorbs energy from sunlight and stores it in chemical bonds. A possible long-term use of the molecule is to capture solar energy efficiently and store it for later consumption. The current results have been published in the Journal of […]

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Researchers Use Supercomputer to Design New Molecule That Captures Solar Energy
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Iwastheone shares some news from Sweden’s Linköping University: The Earth receives many times more energy from the sun than we humans can use. This energy is absorbed by solar energy facilities, but one of the challenges of solar energy is to store it efficiently, such that the energy is available when the sun is not […]

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Researchers make next-generation, high-toughness battery component
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Providence RI (SPX) Jun 19, 2020 A team of Brown University researchers has found a way to double the toughness of a ceramic material used to make solid-state lithium ion batteries. The strategy, described in the journal Matter, could be useful in bringing solid-state batteries to the mass market. “There’s huge interest in replacing the […]

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NUS researchers create novel device that harnesses shadows to generate electricity
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Singapore (SPX) May 22, 2020 Shadows are often associated with darkness and uncertainty. Now, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are giving shadows a positive spin by demonstrating a way to harness this common but often overlooked optical effect to generate electricity. This novel concept opens up new approaches in generating green energy […]

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Researchers tackle a new opportunity to develop high-energy batteries
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Adelphi MD (SPX) Apr 29, 2020 In recent years, lithium-ion batteries have become better at supplying energy to Soldiers in the field, but the current generation of batteries never reaches its highest energy potential. Army researchers are extremely focused on solving this challenge and providing the power Soldiers demand. At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities […]

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