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The dynamic duo of silicon and perovskite continue their rampage through the solar cell industry. Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have developed a new silicon/perovskite tandem solar cell with a record-breaking efficiency.Continue ReadingCategory: Energy, ScienceTags: KAUST, Perovskite, Solar Cell, Electricity, Silicon, tandem, World Records, Efficiency,
Perovskites are one of the most promising new materials for solar cell technology. Now engineers at the University of Rochester have developed a new way to more than triple the material’s efficiency by adding a layer of reflective silver underneath it.Continue ReadingCategory: Energy, ScienceTags: Solar Cell, Renewable Energy, Perovskite, Materials, Metals, Silver Ink, University of Rochester
One factor limiting the output of today's power stations is the metals used in the blades, bearings and seals of their steam turbines, which tend to soften and elongate well before their melting point. Solve these problems, and you could conceivably raise temperatures on anything that converts heat to electricity using a steam turbine, with a resulting boost in efficiency and a reduction in waste
When you burn as much fuel as an airline does, a single-digit fuel efficiency tweak adds up to massive savings. Take the drag-reducing Aeroshark film Swiss Airlines has stuck all over its 12 Boeing 777s – it delivers a 1% efficiency gain, and as a result, over just 12 aircraft, Swiss expects to use 4,800 tonnes less jet fuel every year, saving nearly half a million dollars per year, per plane at
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Perovskite and silicon are proving to be a formidable duo in the world of solar cells, and now they’ve hit a new record efficiency. A team at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) have developed solar cells with an efficiency of over 32%.Continue ReadingCategory: Energy, ScienceTags: Solar Power, Solar Cell, Silicon, Perovskite, tandem, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Electricity, Efficiency, World's Mos
Engineers have developed a new solar cell with a record voltage and (arguably) a record efficiency for its kind. The all-perovskite tandem solar cell uses two layers of perovskite that tap into different wavelengths of light, plus a special surface treatment that reduces wasted energy.Continue ReadingCategory: Energy, ScienceTags: Solar Cell, Perovskite, tandem, University of Toronto, Electricity
the patent-pending vehicle is fully electric and features hydrofoil-enhanced technology that provides a smooth ride over the water. The post amphibious electric three-wheeler ‘trident LS-1’ optimizes efficiency on land and water appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
Ordinarily, quadcopter drones have to tilt their front end downward when flying forward, increasing their frontal area and thus increasing drag. An experimental new drone gets around this problem, by only tilting its rotors.Continue ReadingCategory: Drones, TechnologyTags: UC Berkeley, Quadcopter, Flight
Engineers at EPFL have found a way to insert carbon nanotubes into photosynthetic bacteria, which greatly improves their electrical output. They even pass these nanotubes down to their offspring when they divide, through what the team calls “inherited nanobionics.”Continue ReadingCategory: Energy, ScienceTags: Bacteria, Solar Cell, Photovoltaic, EPFL, Carbon, Nanotubes is a social bookmarking place where you can share, find & discuss the best news around on most topics. We focus on hi-tech reviews, gadgets and geekery but we like almost anything that's awesome, appealing and thought-provoking! er6i9ds5mz

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