Keyword: Solar energy

Articles: Energy
A solar thermal device mimics photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide emissions into a clean energy resource.
Briefs: Materials
A simple change to the surface of perovskite removes a barrier to its functionality.
Briefs: Power
The device uses a thermoelectric module to generate voltage and current from the temperature gradient between the cell and the air.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is leading the development of new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery designs specific to the stationary storage requirements.
Briefs: Energy
Carbon nanotubes are used to create solar cells with unprecedented flexibility and resistance.
Briefs: Materials
The sulfolane-additive process yields easy fabrication, low cost, and long operating life.
Application Briefs: Propulsion
The power and propulsion element of NASA’s Gateway is a high-power, 50-kilowatt solar electric propulsion spacecraft.
Briefs: Energy
Polymer cores redirect light from any source to solar cells.
Briefs: Energy
The windows reduce the need for air conditioning and simultaneously generate electricity.
Articles: Power
Metamaterial printing, high-efficiency solar cells, and a noise-reduction material.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
An already ubiquitous material in outdoor photovoltaic modules could be repurposed for indoor devices with low-capacity batteries.
Briefs: Energy
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This invention enables improved carrier mobility for solar cells and other electronic devices.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These organic solar cells can be useful where constant, low power generation is sufficient.
Briefs: Energy
The battery is smaller than a traditional lithium-ion battery due to the elimination of dendrites.
Briefs: Energy
This cell could potentially operate around the clock, balancing the power grid over the day-night cycle.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Energy
This technology provides highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at a fifth of the cost of current storage technologies.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Professor Qiaoqiang Gan of the University at Buffalo (NY) and his team developed a unique two-in-one system that uses solar energy for simultaneously cooling and heating — without electricity.
Briefs: Energy
Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
Briefs: Materials
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
Briefs: Energy
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Briefs: Materials
The material can be used in power electronics and power converters for solar energy power systems.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.
Briefs: Energy
Perovskites could be the active ingredient that makes the next generation of low-cost, efficient, lightweight, and flexible solar cells.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications exist both on Mars and on Earth.
Q&A: Energy
Lenan Zhang and his team at MIT developed a small, economical, highly efficient device to provide fresh drinking water using only the Sun for its energy input.