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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 …

economic impactKey hurdle overcome towards organic solar cells up to 1000 times cheaper than solar panels

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University of Michigan researchers have found a way to coax electrons to travel much further than was previously thought possible in the materials often used for organic solar cells and other organic semiconductors. An organic solar cell testing inside the …

energyLos Alamos quantum dots will make cost effective double-pane solar windows

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Using two types of “designer” quantum dots, researchers are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation for good measure. It’s all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different …

batteriesSuper aluminum-graphene battery has a 5-second charging time

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Material and engineering researchers at East China’s Zhejiang University unveiled a “super” aluminum-graphene battery that can be fully charged in 5 seconds and then last for two hours. They claim to have developed a novel aluminum-graphene battery that is more …

canadaGame changing nuclear molten salt reactor will be cheaper than natural gas

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Recently , Terrestrial Energy Inc.’s (TEI) announced the completion of the first phase of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) pre-licensing vendor design review. They submitted the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) design to CNSC in the fall of 2016, …

chinaChina’s solar must increase 600% to displace new coal, gas and nuclear new annual energy additions

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China will install about 54 gigawatts of solar-power capacity in 2017 which is about 80% more than most forecasters had predicted at the beginning of 2017. “The amount of rooftop solar plants and projects aimed at easing poverty were more …

energyIn less than a day LPP Fusion Fund Raising at $147,000+

LPP Fusion is trying to make a 5 megawatt dense plasma focus fusion generators. Their curret WeFunder crowdfunding equity is going well with over $147,000 raised toward a fund raising goal of $1 million.

batteriesAir-Breathing Aqueous Sulfur Flow Battery for breakthrough ultralow cost energy storage

Joule Journal – Air-Breathing Aqueous Sulfur Flow Battery for Ultralow-Cost Long-Duration Electrical Storage •Chemical cost analyzed for 40 rechargeable couples developed over the past 60 years •Aqueous sulfur/sodium/air system identified with ultralow chemical cost of ∼US$1/kWh •Air-breathing flow battery architecture …

chinaForecasting emerging technology like Solar Energy

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have had terrible projections of the energy market especially in regards to solar and wind. Quartz and Steinbuch and Ramez Naam among others have covered this massive year …

chinaRemoving carbon from atmosphere can be simple and low tech

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But “if you’re really concerned about coral reefs, biodiversity food production in very poor regions, we’re going to have to deploy negative emission technology at scale,” said Bill Hare of Climate Analytics, a science and policy institute. “I don’t …