Scientists Discover Method to Turn CO2 Into Methane

The latest new catalyst can turn carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide into methane. Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is at an all-time high, and it’s not enough for us to simply stop emitting more. In order to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we’ll have to start taking lots of CO2 out of the […]

HOW THIS NEW PERFECT BLUE PIGMENT COLOUR CAN MAKE YOUR HOME COOLER

The near perfect blue pigment was an accidental discovery for Oregon State University scientists, its superhero qualities make it ideal for roofing. Photo: Oregon State University Scientists at Oregon State University have accidently stumbled upon a superhero blue hue with amazing qualities. Lead scientist Mas Subramanian, discovered the colour in 2009 after mixing manganese oxide (a black […]

Scientists Use Silver to Make Lights Shine Brightly

Tue, 06/07/2016 – 9:38am by University of Queen Mary London The toxic and expensive phosphors used widely in fluorescent lighting could be eliminated thanks to a new study conducted by a materials scientist at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Writing in the journal Nature Materials, the international group of scientists modified a mineral called zeolite, […]

Metamaterial paves way for thermophotovoltaic cells that generate electricity in the dark

Dr Sergey Kruk demonstrates a prototype metamaterial device that could be used in super-efficient “thermophotovoltaic” cells to generate electricity from infrared energy, even in the dark (Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU). View gallery (3 images) Using a new optical magnetic metamaterial claimed to have revolutionary properties, physicists from the Australian National University (ANU) and the University […]

Power dense zinc-manganese power unit as cheap as a car battery

Researchers have discovered a way to fix the reliability problems of zinc-manganese batteries and produce a high-energy-density, rechargeable unit that could provide an inexpensive solution for alternative energy storage (Credit: PNNL). A team of scientists working on analyzing energy flows in prototype zinc-manganese batteries have stumbled upon a new way to make these power cells […]

All-weather come rain or shine solar cell design generates electricity no matter what the weather

A team led by Qunwei Tang is developing solar cells that generate electricity not only from the sun, but also raindrops. Numerous research efforts have already demonstrated the potential for graphene to improve the efficiency of solar cells. Now a team of researchers in China has leveraged the remarkable properties of the wonder material to […]

Researchers Design And Patent A Low-Cost Offshore Wind Turbine

Researcher Climent Molins of the UPC’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with his prototype floating structure for offshore wind turbines Researchers at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have designed and patented a floating platform for offshore wind turbines that can reduce energy costs to 12 […]

Storing Electricity In Paper – Paper batteries that charge in seconds

This piece of power paper can store 1F. Researchers at Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Sweden, have developed power paper — a new material with an outstanding ability to store energy. The material consists of nanocellulose and a conductive polymer. The results have been published in Advanced Science. One sheet, 15 centimetres in diameter […]

SPRAY-ON SOLAR CELLS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE SOLAR INDUSTRY PRICING STRUCTURE

Research scientists at the University of Sheffield have recently developed a technique to make solar panels even more efficient with the creation of spray-on solar cells. With further research and development, this technology may one day replace traditional bulky solar cells with a spray can. The current solar power market is being handicapped by the […]

Solar panels made many times cheaper with four times greater efficiency

The Concentrated Universal Energy Solar System (CUESS) to be commercialized by Technique Solar As regular readers will know, we cover more than our fair share of breakthroughs promising next-generation super-efficient solar cells. Everything from growing photovoltaic crystals, applying special coatings or using carbon nanotubes teases us with cheaper, more efficient solar energy – eventually. In […]