Swedish Researchers Develop Revolutionary Solar Energy Storage System with Global Potential

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, have achieved a groundbreaking milestone by creating a solar energy capture and storage system that boasts an impressive 18-year capacity. When linked to a thermoelectric generator, this innovative system can also generate electricity on demand, opening up new possibilities for harnessing solar energy globally.

The significance of this breakthrough is profound, offering the ability to store solar energy for extended periods and transmit it globally. This stored energy can then be efficiently converted into electricity whenever needed, resulting in a self-sustaining, closed-loop system that eliminates the production of planet-warming carbon dioxide.

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Revolutionizing Solar Efficiency: MLU Researchers Uncover Breakthrough Method

Researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have made a groundbreaking discovery that could transform the solar energy industry. Their new method, published in the journal Science Advances, promises to increase the efficiency of solar cells by a staggering factor of 1,000.

The innovative approach involves creating crystalline layers of barium titanate, strontium titanate, and calcium titanate, arranged in a lattice structure. This unique ring-shaped wing design has the potential to revolutionize solar energy production.

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Solar Farms in Space: A Viable Source of Limitless Clean Energy

In a groundbreaking achievement, scientists have established the feasibility of colossal solar farms in space, heralding the promise of an abundant and sustainable source of clean energy. A joint endeavor by the University of Surrey and the University of Swansea has produced compelling evidence through a remarkable six-year study involving an orbiting satellite.

This pioneering satellite, conceived by the Surrey Space Centre in collaboration with a team of aspiring engineers from the Algerian Space Agency, embarked on a mission to uncover the potential of space-based solar panels. Employing cutting-edge technology, the satellite featured cells constructed from thin-film cadmium telluride, a semiconducting material, layered upon ultra-thin glass. This innovative solar technology facilitates the creation of expansive, lightweight panels capable of generating substantial power at an economical cost.

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Making Solar Hydrogen Profitable: A Green Path to High-Value Chemicals

Various methods already exist for harnessing solar energy to split water and generate hydrogen. However, the production of “green” hydrogen from these methods has typically been more expensive than conventional “gray” hydrogen derived from natural gas. A new study, conducted by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the Technical University of Berlin, offers a promising solution to make green hydrogen cost-effective: divert a portion of the hydrogen produced to upgrade raw biomass-derived chemicals into high-value industrial products. This co-production concept offers flexibility, enabling a single plant to produce diverse by-products as needed.

To combat climate change, it’s imperative to transition away from fossil fuels as swiftly as possible. In the envisioned energy landscape of the future, green hydrogen is poised to play a pivotal role in energy storage and serve as a renewable feedstock for manufacturing chemicals and materials across numerous applications.

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Tim Peake Supports Ambitious Plan for Space-Based Solar Farms

British astronaut Tim Peake has thrown his support behind a groundbreaking concept of creating solar farms in space. This innovative approach involves using satellites to capture solar energy and then transmitting it back to ground stations in the form of microwaves. The concept has the potential to revolutionize sustainable energy generation.

At the heart of this idea lies the deployment of satellites in geostationary orbits approximately 36,000 kilometers (22,700 miles) above Earth’s surface. In this unique position, these satellites could harness solar power nearly round the clock, regardless of weather conditions, capitalizing on sunlight that is more intense than what reaches the Earth’s surface.

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Solar panels and water canals could form a real power couple in California

Solar canals save water, create energy, and protect natural lands all at the same time.

Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular as a source of renewable energy, but they can take up a lot of space. That’s why a growing number of cities and countries are turning to an innovative solution: covering canals with solar panels.

One city that has implemented this strategy is Ahmedabad, India. In 2012, the city began covering a 750-meter stretch of the Sabarmati River with solar panels. The project was a success, and the city has since installed similar systems in other parts of the river. According to Kartikeya Sarabhai, the director of the Center for Environmental Education in Ahmedabad, the benefits of this approach are twofold.

“By covering the canal with solar panels, we can reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation,” Sarabhai said in an interview with Popular Science. “At the same time, we’re able to generate clean energy that can be used to power nearby homes and businesses.”

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Scientists Explore Using Paper-thin Solar Cells to Generate Renewable Energy

Scientists in the US have developed thin-film materials with photovoltaic cells capable of producing energy. Much lighter than regular solar panels, they can be added to any type of surface, including clothing!. magine ultra-thin photovoltaic films that could be added to your windowsill, the back of your smartphone or even your clothes!

That’s the idea of a research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who have developed thin layers of photovoltaic cells. Made from semiconducting printable electronic inks, these devices are capable of generating about 370 watts of power per kilogram, about 18 times more than conventional solar panels, all while weighing one hundredth of their weight, say the researchers.

Although ultra-thin, these films are robust, as they are protected by a lightweight (13 grams per square meter), but very resistant composite fabric substrate. According to the researchers — whose project is outlined in an article published on the website of the scientific journal, Small Methods — these mini textile solar panels managed to maintain 90% of their power-producing capacity even after being rolled and unrolled more than 500 times!

It’s a project that’s as innovative as it is promising, since these devices could be adapted for use on numerous surfaces, the scope of which could greatly exceed those found in our homes. “For instance, they could be integrated onto the sails of a boat to provide power while at sea, adhered onto tents and tarps that are deployed in disaster recovery operations, or applied onto the wings of drones to extend their flying range,” the researchers explain in a blog post. 

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A pilot project in the North Sea will develop floating solar panels that glide over waves ‘like a carpet’

This illustration shows how SolarDuck’s technology could be deployed at sea.

Anmar Frangoul

  • German energy firm RWE is to invest in a pilot project centered around the deployment of floating solar technology in the North Sea.
  • RWE describes “integration of offshore floating solar into an offshore wind farm” as “a more efficient use of ocean space for energy generation.”
  • Earlier this month, energy firm EDP inaugurated a 5 MW floating solar park in Portugal. 

German energy firm RWE is to invest in a pilot project centered around the deployment of floating solar technology in the North Sea, as part of a wider collaboration focused on the development of “floating solar parks.”

Set to be installed in waters off Ostend, Belgium, the pilot, called Merganser, will have a capacity of 0.5 megawatt peak, or MWp. In a statement earlier this week, RWE said Merganser would be Dutch-Norwegian firm SolarDuck’s first offshore pilot.

RWE said Merganser would provide both itself and SolarDuck with “important first-hand experience in one of the most challenging offshore environments in the world.”

Learnings gleaned from the project would allow for a quicker commercialization of the technology from 2023, it added.

RWE described SolarDuck’s system as being based around a design enabling the solar panels to “float” meters above water and ride waves “like a carpet.” 

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Scientists create a nearly invisible solar cell with up to 79% transparency

Here come windows that can generate power from the sun.

By Derya Ozdemir

Transparent solar cells, which have the potential to convert windows, greenhouses, glass panels of smart devices, and more into energy harvesting devices, have taken another step toward becoming a reality.

A team of scientists from the Tohoku University in Japan has created a near-invisible solar cell using indium tin oxide (ITO) as a transparent electrode and tungsten disulfide (WS2) as a photoactive layer.

Remarkably, the cell has the potential to achieve a transparency of 79 percent and can help take the TMD-based near-invisible solar cells from the basics to truly industrialized stages, according to the study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Israel tests AI-powered Floating Solar Panels

he new project is being carried out in collaboration with Israel’s national water provider, Mekorot.

By Dipayan Mitra

Israel announces that it plans to test a new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered floating solar panels system to generate clean energy, reports Nocamels. 

Developed by Israeli startup Xfloat, the solar photovoltaic (PV) system is meant to move and monitor the sun while floating on reservoir water. The company has developed an intelligent water management system that accurately tilts and tracks water loads and pumps. 

The data acquired from sensors is subsequently refined and directed to a knowledge-based machine learning process for PV performance prediction, and O&M. Countries across the globe are launching new initiatives to generate clean energy as a step to control global warming. 

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Scientists Set New Solar Cell Efficiency World Record with Tandem Solar Cells at Nearly 30%

By CJ Roblescherryjoy.robles@gmail.com 


Researchers are now close to reaching their long-term target of over 30% solar cell efficiency for the perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell category. At 29.15%, it surpassed the current solar cell efficiency world record of 28%.

According to a press statement from Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB), the HZB development team led by Bernd Stannowski and Steve Albrecht already received official certification for the recent value from the CalLab of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

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World’s First Never Charge Solar Electric Vehicle Aptera Goes Live – Again

By Elena Gorgan

Aptera Motors is making a massive comeback after more than one decade of struggling as a startup, following up on the promise made one year ago. The first pre-orders for the Aptera sEV (solar electric vehicle), the world’s first never charge three-wheeler with record-breaking range, are now live.

Aptera Motors has been around since 2008 and has started on this comeback journeyexactly one year ago, with new plans for the reborn solar-powered vehicle. Aptera is not a car, but a three-wheeler, which could be classified as a motorcycle or an autocycle). It features solar panels on the roof and a battery pack as a backup, for those who plan on using it for more than just the daily commute. 

It has a futuristic design, it’s nimble and comparatively small, but the makers promise it’s spacious enough for two adults and a trunk-load of cargo, reliable and safe in case of an impact, and also very fast. It sounds like your dream vehicle (albeit a three-wheeler) has arrived – and it’s open for pre-orders. 

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