Modeling improved organic solar cell behaviour


A new electrostatic model has been developed, which treats electrons and holes not as point charges or an average electrostatic density, but as delocalized Gaussian spheres.

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Compact nuclear fusion reactor


US engineering company Lockheed Martin has reported that it has developed a new design for a fusion reactor that could be in use in a decade.

Multifunctional coating to improve DSSCs

A new multifunctional coating system to increase the sunlight harvesting ability and the operational lifetime of organic DSSC devices has been proposed.

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The global energy transition – do we have a Plan B?


What can we do if the IPCC’s response to climate change – assessment of risk, vulnerability, mitigation, adaptation and cost – fails to deliver?

Developing transparent solar concentrators

Yimu Zhao, a doctoral student in chemical engineering and materials science, and Richard Lunt, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, run a test in Lunt’s lab. Lunt and his team have developed a new material that can be placed over windows and create solar energy. Photo by G.L. Kohuth.

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of transparent solar concentrator.

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Silicon carbide finds its place (in a nuclear reactor)


Toshiba and IBIDEN unveil a prototype silicon carbide fuel assembly cover for use in nuclear power stations.

High-capacity battery uses only organic ingredients

American researchers design organic battery intended for deployment in power stations.

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MIT researchers break QD solar cell efficiency record

Researcher displays a sample of the record-setting new solar cell on the MIT campus. Photo courtesy of Chia-Hao Chuang.

Rate of improvement of quantum dot devices is one of the most rapid seen for a solar technology.

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Cobalt boron alloyed cast material

Cobalt boron alloyed cast material

Development of cobalt and boron alloyed steel with more resistance at high temperatures avoids CO2 emission and increases the efficiency of power plants.

Atomically thin solar cells

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Ultrathin layers made of tungsten and selenium may be used as flexible, semi-transparent solar cells.