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Technologies for sustainable and renewable energy

Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Written by , on January 24, 2018

Researchers at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made a discovery that could lead to significantly boosted solar cell efficiency.  Read more »

Halogens Improve Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Performance by 25%

Written by , on December 22, 2017

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina have shown that using halogens in a dye-sensitized solar cell can increase conversion efficiency by 25%.  Read more »

Fractal Designs Improve Concentrating Solar

Written by , on October 26, 2017

Sandia National Laboratories engineers have developed new fractal-like, concentrating solar power receivers for small- to medium-scale use that are up to 20% more effective at absorbing sunlight than current technology.  Read more »

Inflatable Concentrated Solar System Halves Costs

Written by , on October 14, 2017

An Austrian company, Heliovis, has developed an inflatable cylindrical thermal concentrator which concentrates sunlight onto a central thermal receiver, similarly to a parabolic trough, but at a much lower cost.  Read more »

Renewed Interest in Thorium Nucler Reactors

Written by , on September 13, 2017

Thorium has long held promise for safer nuclear power. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the United States designed and built a demonstration molten salt reactor and operated it from 1965 to 1969. There is now renewed interest in thorium technology around the world.  Read more »

Solar Glass Bricks

Written by , on September 13, 2017

Build Solar, a spin-off from the University of Exeter in the UK, has been set up to market an innovative solar glass block technology.  Read more »

Quickly Turning Food Waste into Fuel

Written by , on June 28, 2017

Researchers at Cornell University have discovered this new process to generate energy from food waste that is much more efficient than previous methods.  Read more »

Solar Panel Provides Drinking Water

Written by , on April 14, 2017

Zero Mass Water has developed a “drinking water solar panel” which extracts water vapor from the air and condenses it into drinking water using electricity generated by the solar panel.   Read more »

Sugarcane Genetically Modified for High Biofuel Yield

Written by , on April 7, 2017

A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have genetically engineered sugarcane to produce more oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. The modified sugarcane plants also produces more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production.  Read more »

Jet Fuel from Grass

Written by , on April 5, 2017

Researchers at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a process that produces jet fuel from grass.  Read more »