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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 …

chinaStandard Energy projections til about 2025 then self driving ridesharing disrupts the world

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The International Energy Association has its energy projection out to 2040. They project strong growth and transition to electric cars and renewables but they do not forecast an acceleration of technology. This is part of their methodology to update to …

energyUniversity of Twente boosts efficiency of sunlight conversion of hydrogen fuel using microwires

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Researchers at the University of Twente’s MESA+ research institute have made significant efficiency improvements to the technology used to generate solar fuels. This involves the direct conversion of energy from sunlight into a usable fuel (in this case, hydrogen). Using …

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 …