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energyPerovskite and silicon tandem solar could beat silicon solar in some to many situations

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Researchers from EPFL’s Photovoltaics Laboratory and the CSEM PV-center have developed an economically competitive solution to silicon solar cells. They have integrated a perovskite cell directly on top of a standard silicon-based cell, obtaining a record efficiency of 25.2 percent. …

californiaCalifornia requires solar power on all new homes starting in 2020

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California has voted to require solar panels on new homes and low-rise apartment buildings built after 2020. The California Energy Commission estimates they would add an average $10,500 in construction costs for a single-family home but generate about $16,000 in …

carsProgress to hydrogen fuel produced from sunlight

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A team of Renewable Energy experts from the University of Exeter has pioneered a new technique to produce hydrogen from sunlight to create a clean, cheap and widely-available fuel. The team developed an innovative method to split water into its …

gadgetWearable solar powered clothing coming in the early 2020s

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A group of Japanese researchers has developed a super-thin organic solar cell that can be heat-printed onto clothes just like a T-shirt design. The cells could be used to power portable devices and wearable tech, eliminating the need to carry …

energyProgress to scalable roll-to-roll manufacturing of Perovskite Solar Cells

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The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is making progress towards scalable fabrication of Perovskite Solar Cells. Above – A roll of perovskite film made by the slot-die coating method. (Dennis Schroeder / NREL) Most solar panels on the market today …

energyBetter insulation with nanowood, Transparent wood and solar devices made from wood

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Engineers at the University of Maryland have created a new nanowood material that’s as insulating as Styrofoam, but stronger and much more environmentally friendly and 30 times stronger. There has been a growing interest in thermal management materials due to …

antennasGiant expandable space antennas and solar arrays

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Oxford Space Systems is developing innovative deployable antennas and structures that meet the challenges of the new space age. Their approach is one of agile development and validation where success is measured in proven hardware and customer commendations. This exemplified …

energyReusable SpaceX Falcon Heavy will make highly cost competitive space based solar power

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Space based solar power expert John Mankins, the author of the book The Case for Space Solar Power, estimates that if the launch price came down to about $400 per kilogram then space-based solar power would be cost-competitive with terrestrial …

energyCommercial Perovskite solar cells at 10 cents per watt could soon bring lower cost energy

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created an environmentally stable, high-efficiency perovskite solar cell, bringing the emerging technology a step closer to commercial deployment. Lower cost There are estimates that perovskite solar panels could cost …

energyNew Space based solar power designs can get to less than 2 cents per kwh

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John C. Mankins ( Mankins Space Technology) has thoroughly updated his space-based solar power design. The SPS-ALPHA Mark-II design using new technologies improves technical feasibility and economic viability of space solar power. Additional details of the “SPS-ALPHA Mk-II” will be …