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How Nature splits water and powers the planet

An international research team has published new results on how nature performs biological water splitting, a process that underpins all life on the planet. The results can be valuable for the production of CO2 free 'solar fuels'.

Aug 8th, 2019

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A new method to automatically estimate rooftop solar potential

The progress of rooftop solar installations is often slowed by a shortage of trained professionals who must use expensive tools to conduct labor-intensive structure assessments one by one. Now, researchers are proposing a new, data-driven approach that uses machine learning techniques and widely available satellite images to identify roofs that have the most potential to produce cost-effective solar power.

Aug 8th, 2019

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What counts for our climate: Carbon budgets untangled

Different analyzes have come up with different estimates of how much CO2 humankind can still emit if we want to hold global warming to the internationally agreed 1.5 and well below 2 degrees Celsius limits, but a lack of clarity of the reasons causing these variations has created unnecessary confusion, a new study shows.

Jul 17th, 2019

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Researchers create worldwide solar energy model

Photovoltaic installations will have a huge impact on future energy systems, so it is crucial to know their performance at local, regional and global levels. A historically accurate model has now been set up with all data made available via open license.

Jul 1st, 2019

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Perovskite solar cells tested for real-world performance - in the lab

Scientists brought real-world conditions into the controlled environment of the lab. Using data from a weather station they reproduced the real-world temperature and irradiance profiles from specific days during the course of the year. With this approach, the scientists were able to quantify the energy yield of the devices under realistic conditions.

Jun 21st, 2019

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A metal-free, sustainable approach to CO2 reduction

Researchers present an organic catalyst for carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction that is inexpensive, readily available and recyclable. As the level of catalytic activity can be tuned by the solvent conditions, their findings could open up many new directions for converting CO2 to industrially useful organic compounds.

Jun 17th, 2019

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Clean and effective electronic waste recycling

E-waste recycling is far below what it should be to reduce its impact on the environment and human health simply because it is not economically feasible. Researchers are working on a way to change that using pulsed power technology.

May 15th, 2019

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